A woman passenger has been killed and a newlywed couple injured after their pickup was struck by an express train at a railway crossing in Songkhla’s Chana district on Sunday.
The accident happened around noon at Moo 1 village in tambon Paching, about 5 kilometers from Chana railway station. At the railway crossing, there was a stop sign with a strobe light, but no barriers.
The Toyota pickup was struck in the middle by the express train, which was travelling from Bangkok to Sungai Kolok. The collision pushed the pickup off the crossing and down the railway embankment, where it ended up about 30 meters away, with its right side caved in.
Mr. Yaya Manna, 35, the driver, and his wife Pathumma Salaebu, 33, who were in the front seats, were injured, as was Nassami Manna, 33, the driver’s sister, who was in the back seat. On Friday, Mr Yaya and Ms Pathumma were married.
Ms. Nassami was pronounced dead at Chana Hospital after the three were admitted.
Police were investigating, reviewing security camera footage to determine the cause of the accident.
Train Station Officially Opened
In other news, the Krung Thep Aphiwat Train Terminal, formerly known as Bang Sue Grand Station, will be officially opened on January 19th, with the inaugural service being a Bangkok-Ayutthaya air-conditioned diesel train for tourists.
According to the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), the first train to Ayutthaya will depart at 1.19pm, followed by another inaugural service, the Bangkok-Sungai Kolok express train.
All 52 long-distance trains serving Bangkok’s southern, northern, and northeastern routes will be relocated to Krung Thep Aphiwat Train Terminal from Hua Lamphong, the city’s old main terminal.
According to the SRT, moving these trains to the terminal in Bang Sue district means that at least 100 fewer trains will need to cross Bangkok’s roads each day, significantly reducing traffic congestion at railway crossings.
Like the Red Line Bang Sue-Rangsit suburban train service, all trains for the northern and north-eastern routes will use the elevated railway from the main terminal in Bang Sue to Don Mueang station.
The 62 standard, suburban, and tourism trains will continue to run on the surface tracks from Hua Lamphong station to Sam Sen and Bang Sue. Except for the standard services, all trains will eventually use the elevated track.
During the COVID-19 pandemic last year, a portion of Bang Sue Grand Station was converted into Bangkok’s main vaccination centre, serving 6.3 million people until its closure in September.
HM the King presented the name “Krung Thep Aphiwat,” which means “Bangkok’s prosperity,” in September last year. The SRT has signed a 33 million baht contract with Uniq Engineering and Construction to change the station’s nameplate and design a new SRT logo.
The cost of the change is too high, according to a Move Forward MP, prompting Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob to demand an explanation from the SRT.