BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News Network): The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has announced that all trains from Bangkok to Narathiwat’s Sungai Kolok will be rerouted to Yala until Sunday (Aug 7).
This is after an unknown number of Muslim insurgents opened fire on Bangkok-Sungai Kolok passenger train No 171 on Thursday. There were no casualties.
SRT public relations chief Ekkarat Sri-Arayanphong said on Friday that trains No 37/38 and 172/172 (Bangkok-Sungai Kolok-Bangkok) will be rerouted to Bangkok-Yala-Bangkok from Friday to Sunday.
Ticketholders can either travel to Yala station to catch their train or apply for a refund.
Meanwhile, cargo train No 985/986 (Bangkok-Sungai Kolok-Bangkok) will also be rerouted to Yala.
Ekkarat said the shooters had damaged the passenger train’s diesel engine, windshield and broiler, and it is stranded on the track waiting for a new engine.
He added that the investigators are looking into the incident.