Thailand: Broken railway signal, lack of gate blamed for deadly accident in Chachoengsao

Picture courtesy of The Nation Thailand/Asian News Network.

BANGKOK, Oct 12 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): The tragic accident on Sunday in Chachoengsao province that left 18 people dead on Sunday, when a train rammed into a tourist bus, stemmed from a broken crossing signal and the lack of the gate, the Department of Rail Transport said on Monday.

High-ranking officials, including Pichet Kunadhamraks, the department’s deputy direct-general, and Nirut Maneephan, governor of the State Railway of Thailand, visited the accident site.

They found that the broken signal was the reason why a freight train transporting containers crashed into a bus with 60 passengers.

Twenty-nine other people were injured.

The department is now studying guidelines to lessen accidents on railroad crossings.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Saksiam Chidchob confirmed that the SRT's budget for installing gates at railroad crossings had been cut by the panel studying the draft of Budget Procedures Act for fiscal 2020.

In another tragedy, a man was killed and his wife, son and granddaughter injured when a 22 wheeled lorry tried to take over a SUV car on Sunday, knocking the latter into a nearby ditch in Nakhon Si Thammarat, South thailand.

The man who drove the SUV was killed while his wife, son and granddaughter got injured after the crash.

Pol. Capt Somsak Charoenchalermsak, a police investigator at Nakhon Si Thammarat, told the Thai media that the family's Toyota Fortuner was heading for another Southern Province in Chumphon when it was overtaken and then knocked off the highway.

The SUV overturned and came to rest on its roof in the ditch next to the highway.

Rescuers used hydraulic jacks to force open the SUV.

The police officer said that the lorry driver initially fled the scene but later surrendered himself to the police.

The driver told the police that he felt drowsy while driving the lorry after several trips delivering gravel. - The Nation Thailand/Asian News Network

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