SURAT THANI – A father and his daughter were killed and the wife seriously injured after their pickup went through an unmanned railway crossing into the path of a Bangkok-bound cargo train in Wiang Sa district in this southern province on Saturday morning.
The crash occurred at the railway crossing in tambon Ban Song when police were alerted at around 8am, said Pol Capt Kittisak Songphayom, deputy investigation chief at Wiang Sa police station.
A crushed Isuzu pickup truck with Surat Thani licence plates was found overturned about 50 metres away from the railway crossing when police and rescue workers arrived. There was no barrier at the crossing, only a warning light.
The body of a girl, identified later as Ananthalak Lao-ubon, 9, was found outside the pickup truck. Driver Kritsakorn Lao-ubon, 45, father of the girl, was found dead inside the wreckage. His wife Duangporn Khao, 42, was seriously hurt and trapped in the wreckage. She was rushed to a hospital and underwent emergency surgery, said police.
Two carriages of the cargo train, travelling from Thung Song district to Bangkok, were partly damaged.
Local residents told police that the family, whose house was not far from the scene, regularly used the route to go to Ban Song market in Wiang Sa district.
A police investigation found the train sounded a horn when approaching the crossing but the pickup truck went through it.
The girl was thrown out of the vehicle by the impact force.
It was the third train crash in this southern province since early this year. On Jan 22, two people were killed when their pickup truck hit by a Bangkok-Yala express train at a crossing in Tha Chana district. A month later, two people on board a car were killed when a Bangkok-Yala express rammed into their vehicle at a crossing in Phunphin district.
The third incident brought a total number of people killed in crossings crashes to six.
By Supapong Chaolan
The Bangkok Post