All foreign tourists safe in truck – train collision in Hat Yai


SONGKHLA, 28 May 2015 – The Langkawi Express Train No.954, which was a Kuala Lumpur – Hat Yai transnational train, collided with a cement mixer truck near Ban Rai, Moo 5, in Banpru area, Hat Yai, Songkhla on Thursday afternoon.

The train driver and all passengers who were mostly foreigners were safe while a 31-year-old truck driver was slightly injured and now hospitalized at Songkhlanagarind Hospital.

According to preliminary investigation, the Songkhla-registered truck No. 82-2970 operated by Warasiri Concrete Co., Ltd. was running across rail track which usually had no traffic barrier. He might not have a look carefully that the train was coming with high speed, ending up with the collision. The truck was knocked to the trackside ditch; however, there were no serious injuries and deaths in the accident as the train hit with the bottom of the truck.

After the accident, Hat Yai authorities had to replace the damaged locomotive of the train with a new one so that the train could take all passengers to their destination at Hat Yai Station.