Motorcyclist cuts in front of train, schoolgirl pillion rider killed

Motorcyclist cuts in front of train, schoolgirl pillion rider killed

A rescuer examines the motorcycle hit by a train at a railway crossing in Nakhon Ratchasima's Si Khiu district on Monday morning. The 14-year-old pillion passenger was killed. The 13 year-old driver suffered minor injuries. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)
A rescuer examines the motorcycle hit by a train at a railway crossing in Nakhon Ratchasima's Si Khiu district on Monday morning. The 14-year-old pillion passenger was killed. The 13 year-old driver suffered minor injuries. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A 14-year-old schoolgirl was killed when a train hit the motorcycle on which she was the passenger at a guarded railway crossing in Si Khiu district on Monday.

Pol Capt Sanoh Nualchanthuek, a Si Khiu duty officer, said the accident occurred about 10.30am at the railway crossing at Ban Don Wua, Moo 10, in tambon Lat Bua Khao.

The motorcylce was driven by 13-year-old Pongpisut Panyawai. He told police he and his friend Prapassorn Iamsa-ard, 14, were on their way to Ban Mai Samrong School in tambon Lat Bua Khao. Prapassorn was riding pillion.

As they aproached the railway crossing he saw the safety bar was lowered. He could not stop because his throttle was stuck. So he went around the safety barrier and across the track. The train hit the rear of his bike. 

He and Prapassorn were thrown off the bike. Prapassorn was killed while he escaped with minor injuries.

Prapassorn's body was taken to Si Khiu Hospital for post-mortem examination.

Police were questioning witnesses, including the train driver and staff. 

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