Train derailed, passengers stranded in northern Thailand


  • Thailand
  • Saturday, 11 Jul 2020

BANGKOK, July 11 (Xinhua): A train was derailed on a northern route in Thailand, with passengers being stranded for several hours on Friday.

The locomotive and three carriages of the train running between Bangkok and Phitsanulok were accidentally derailed from the rail track near Baan Mai railway station in downtown area of the northern province, said State Railway of Thailand Governor Nirut Maneephan on Saturday (July 11).

No passengers aboard the train were reportedly injured, and the cause of which is yet to be determined by investigating officials, he said.

The passengers of the derailed train and those aboard several other trains were stranded along the northern route, waiting for the overturned train to be removed by truck-mounted cranes from the rail track so that they could proceed.

The driver of the derailed train was reportedly injured and rushed to hospital.

In the other hand, Xinhua also reported that a combined sum of about 500,000 liters of oil has been smuggled by fishing boats and seized by the Thai navy in the Gulf of thailand so far this year, an admiral said on Friday.

Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Center's First Area Commander Vice Adm. Sutthinan Samanrak confirmed the navy's patrol boats had seized the smuggled diesel from several trawlers in the sea.

That total of smuggled diesel included 50,000 liters seized on Friday aboard a fishing boat near Koh Khram island in the upper part of the Gulf, Vice Adm. Sutthinan said. Six fishermen, including four Thai and two Myanmar nationals, aboard the trawler, named Kanokwan 17, were arrested on oil smuggling charges.

The illegal oil, which was unloaded from oil tankers in the sea, would have been sold for very low prices at the black market.

Despite patrols conducted daily by the navy, some maritime oil smugglers have managed to evade arrests and remained at large, according to the admiral. - Xinhua
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