Derailed Freight Train Causes Mayhem in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province
A Bangkok-bound freight train caused chaos in Prachuap Khiri Khan province when it derailed on Saturday morning. Despite nobody being injured in the incident, services on three southern routes were disrupted.
The seven-car freight train from Sungai Kolok to Bangkok derailed near the Bang Saphan railway station, 100 metres before it was due to arrive. Two carriages, numbers 3 and 4, had veered off the rails, disrupting services on the Lang Suan-Thon Buri, Thon Buri-Lang Suan and Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal-Surat Thani routes.
State Railway of Thailand (SRT) public relations director Ekkarat Sriarayanpong announced that railway workers were accelerating the repair work, and that it was scheduled to be completed around 2pm. Passengers on the affected routes had to make alternative arrangements using cars to travel from Chumphon to Thon Buri, Ban Krud to Saphan Noi, and Ban Krud to Bang Saphan Noi respectively.
The SRT public relations centre can be contacted via the 1690 hotline around the clock for further information regarding the disruptions. Despite the incident, railway services from the central terminal in the capital to other southern routes were provided as normal.
To avoid similar issues in the future, Ekkarat Sriarayanpong stresses the importance of safety for the SRT’s passengers and staff. He states that the organisation is dedicated to ensuring safety and efficient railway services, and that it will continue to launch campaigns and activities to raise public awareness and encourage passengers to follow the rules and regulations set in place.