Train driver may have been at fault for crash in Ayutthaya: SRT chief

national March 28, 2015 01:00

By The Nation

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POLICE expect to conclude an inquiry soon into a train crash that injured more than 50 people late on Thursday night in Ayutthaya's Phachi district.



“In two days, we should gather enough solid evidence to press charges against [the alleged] wrongdoers,” Provincial Police Region 1 deputy commissioner Maj-General Sanit Mahathavorn said yesterday.
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has cleared the track and said the accident did not disrupt overall train services. 
SRT governor Wutthichart Kanlayanamit said the ongoing investigation suggested that the driver of train No. 107 travelling from Bangkok to Denchai failed obey a stop signal.
“The accident was very likely caused by his recklessness,” Wuttichart said. 
Because of the impact by the crash, train No. 69 travelling from Bangkok to Nong Khai was derailed and overturned. 
The incident caused more than Bt80 million in damages and injured over 50 people.
While most victims received minor injuries, at least three were seriously hurt. 
Train technician Termpong Singchuwong, 38, lost his right arm after it was crushed while train driver Sompon Karnbanchee, 48, is in danger of losing a leg although doctors were confident they can save it.
As of press time, seven victims remained in hospital. Two of them are foreigners. 
In a statement, the SRT has vowed to take care of the injured. 
The accident took place a day after the SRT celebrated its 118th anniversary.
Damage was estimated at Bt80 million.
Suttida Kaewbang, who is visually impaired, was on board train No. 107. “I heard the big bang and the next minute I fell down on the floor,” she said.