Udon Thani –
Two train officers were killed and many were injured after a railway locomotive crashed into a semi-trailer truck at a railroad crossing in the Mueang District of Udon Thani yesterday evening, January 31st.
Mueang Udon Thani police officers arrived at the scene around 7:30 PM. after being notified of the train and the 18-wheel trailer fatal accident near the Ban Chan intersection. Upon arrival, a diesel locomotive of the Nong Khai – Bangkok route was found having crashed into a white 18-wheel trailer truck. The trailer was directly crushed and towed for more than 300 meters by the train.
A train driver and a mechanic reportedly fell off the head of the train and were found dead in a canal nearby. More than 100 passengers in nine bogies were in shock, some with minor bumps and bruises.
Semi-trailer truck driver Surachai Wongsuk, 36, told relevant officials that he was driving the truck carrying tapioca chips from Bueng Kan heading to Prachinburi. When he arrived at the railroad crossing, there was no railway barrier or any warning signs to notify him of the approaching train, according to his statement.
He then drove and crossed the railway but then he heard a loud train horn before colliding into the trailer so hard that the front of his truck fell off. He also insisted with the authorities that the railroad barrier was not working. If it was, he would have stopped driving. Miraculously, he was not injured at all despite his vehicle being completely crushed.
Meanwhile, the police and investigators were in the process of investigation as well as examining the barrier that was reportedly broken.
Photo Courtesy: Sanook
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