Train Derailment Kills 7 and Injures 65 – Update
Hua Hin – The Bangkok-bound express train from Trang province derailed at Khao Tao station in Hua Hin, killing 7 and injuring 65 passengers.
On 5 October, at 3.45 am., the train, leaving Trang at 5.20 on 4 October with 14 carriages, left the track at Khao Tao station. Due to the extremely high speed, six of the carriages overturned and one slammed into the ground. Four carriages were badly damaged, causing 7 dead and 65 injured.
After the incident, Pol. Lt. Col. Somsak Neung-on, Deputy Superintendent, together with Pol. Col. Kasana Jaemsawang, Superintendent, and officers from the Patrol Police Unit 14, soldiers from the Thanarat Military Base and rescue workers of Hua Hin, Pranburi and Sam Roi Yod promptly went to the scene and helped the victims of the deadly crash. It took almost 4 hours for the rescuers to complete their work due to heavy rain.
At 9 am., on 6 October, the Prachuabkhirikhan Governor Mr. Weera Sriwattanakul, the Hua Hin District Officer Mr. Prasit Bunlikit, the Hua Hin Mayor Mr. Jira Pongpaiboon and Mr. Wirat Piyapornpaiboon monitored the situation and called for an emergency center to help those wounded from the train crash and provide other passengers air-con buses to Bangkok. They also asked concerned local officers to find the cause of the incident and make a report for the Ministry of Interior.
Preliminary investigation by the local police officers finds that, before the incident, Mr. Sila Neungpradap, the staff at Khao Tao station switched over to a second track as the main track was reserved for the upcoming southbound freight train. But the northbound train was travelling too fast to get on the other track, and that caused the derailment.
Mr. Yutthana Thapcharoen, the Director of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), together with the SRT staff also rushed to the scene and monitored the system of the Khao Tao station. Cranes were used to move damaged carriages and passengersâ€™ belongings and sent them to Hua Hin and Khao Tao railway stations.
According to the Director of SRT, the collided train, controlled by Mr. Roengsak Panthep, left Wang Pong station, and the driver contacted the staff of each station. However, Mr. Roengsak did not answer a radio call from Wang Pong, which alerted him of the other train parked on the main track at Khao Tao.
The Director of the SRT told the reporters that the accident might probably occur due to several reasons â€“ from human carelessness to bad equipment to terrible weather. So, an investigating committee should be set up by the SRT to probe the case and give true answers to the public as soon as possible.
â€œThere are 7 passengers killed in the crash and 65 injured. The relatives of the dead passengers will get 80,000 Baht in compensation and those injured will be treated until they get better because this incidence is under the SRTâ€™s responsibilities,â€ said Mr. Yutthana. â€œMost injured are now admitted to Pran Buri, San Paulo Hua Hin and Hua Hin Hospitals.â€
At present, the Director of the SRT asks for cancellation of the 28 southbound trains from and to Bangkok so that more cranes will be sent to move damaged carriages and collect passengers from the Khao Tao station within 36 hours.
Among 6 people killed by the train derailment are Mrs. Wimol Somjing, 44, Ms. Kanyakorn Somjing, 42, Mrs. Orapin Jaijit, 42, Mrs. Narueman Nayasunthornkul, 45, and other 3 still unknown. All of the bodies were transported to Hua Hin Hospital already.