Butterworth train derails in Phetchaburi

A freight carriage on a north-bound passenger train from Malaysia derailed near Khao Tamone station in Phetchaburi province on Friday morning, blocking the track, but no one was injured.

Special express train No 36 with nine carriages had departed Butterworth station in Penang state of Malaysia for Bangkok. The fifth carriage, which was carrying freight, went off the track near Khao Tamone station in Phetchaburi, State Railway of Thailand (SRT) governor Prapat Chongsanguan said.

There were no injuries, but the derailed freight car blocked the track. Passengers in trailing carriages were moved up to the first four carriages and the train continued to Bangkok.

The area where the train derailed was the responsibility of a contractor tasked with track maintenance, he said.

Mr Prapat said the contractors had stacked sleepers and other equipment on the shoulder of the track. As the train passed the spot, some of it slid onto the track, causing the derailment.

He said the SRT had warned the contractor and would bill the firm for  expenses incurred by the derailment.

Mr Prapat said he has a schedule to examine the whole southern track in January, before making a decision whether to suspend all services to the South to allow major maintenance, like the SRT earlier did with the northern route.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 21/12/2013 at 12:11 AM
Why do they allow contractors to do work on the railwayinfrastructure ? It should be done by SRT themselves, to avoid accidents like this.
Discussion 2 : 20/12/2013 at 07:38 PM
Just for my understanding. What does a freight carriage in the middel of a "special express train"? Or was it the restaurant carriage? To me it looks like it happens frequently that equipment is too near the tracks....
Discussion 3 : 20/12/2013 at 05:23 PM
And they want to run "Bullet Trains".... rofl
Discussion 4 : 20/12/2013 at 04:04 PM
(SRT) Governor Prapat Chongsanguan you are a disgrace to SRT and another incapable, ignorant and arrogant government official, long overdue to be dismissed.

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