Train crash in Ayutthaya leaves over 40 injured

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AYUTTHAYA, 27 March 2015 – More than 40 people were injured when two trains collided in Ayutthaya province last night.

The accident occurred at 10.30 p.m. when a Nongkhai-Bangkok train was rear-ended by a Denchai-Bangkok train. The collision caused three carriages of the Nongkhai-Bangkok train to derail, and left more than 40 people injured.

According to police, the Nongkhai-Bangkok train was preparing to stop at Phra Kaew Train Station before it was hit by the Denchai-Bangkok train. They assumed the traffic control official might have allowed the Denchai-Bangkok train to enter the train station as he thought the Nongkhai-Bangkok train had already entered the platform.

The injured passengers were transported to local hospitals by the military and disaster prevention and mitigation officials. All of them have been discharged except the Denchai-Bangkok train driver and the technician who are still in critical condition.

The military and local administrative officials have now transferred all passengers to Pachi Train Station so they can go on with their trip. The State Railway of Thailand has recorded their data for compensation claims. Train services continue as normal.