Bangkok-Butterworth train derails

Bangkok-Butterworth train derails

A car on the Bangkok-Butterworth express train derailed on Friday in Bang Sue district. No injuries were reported.

State Railway of Thailand (SRT) governor Prapat Chongsanguan said the last carriage of the express train No. 36 bound for Malaysia slipped off the rails at about 11am.

No passengers in the derailed compartment were hurt and they were transferred to another carriage, he said.

The mishap was the latest in a long series of incidents affecting the SRT, which is losing billions of baht a year and can barely afford basic maintenance of its tracks and rolling stock.

Conditions on the state railway's northern line are so bad - 13 derailments took place from January to August - that the SRT has had to close a 300-kilometre stretch from Phrae to Chiang Mai for repairs.

Photos by Apichart Jinakul

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