Boy killed, 6 hurt in train-pickup crash

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A black pickup truck that was carrying 13 Songkran celebrants is badly damaged after being struck by a train at a railway crossing in Photharam district of Ratchaburi on Friday afternoon. (Photo from @pr.railway Facebook account


RATCHABURI: A boy was killed and six other Songkran celebrants hurt when a southbound train rammed into their pickup truck at a railway crossing in Photharam district on Friday afternoon.

The fatal crash happened at the crossing between the Photharam and Chet Samian railway stations in tambon Ban Khoi at around 3.30pm, Thai media reported.

Police inspect the crash scene at the unmanned railway crossing in Photharam district of Ratchaburi. (Photo taken from the SRT PR team Facebook page)

The Bangkok-Sungai Kolok rapid train was heading to the South when it hit the pickup truck carrying 13 Sonkgran celebrants, including six people sitting inside the cab and seven others in the pickup bed at an unmanned crossing.

The crash threw a 10-year-old boy sitting in the bed out of the vehicle. The boy, identified later as Panipan Kanna, died on the spot. Six others were hurt and rushed to a nearby hospital.

A Songkran celebrant told police that his group was heading to a nearby temple to celebrate the water-throwing festival, about 2 kilometres from the crash scene, adding that the driver did not notice the oncoming train when the vehicle reached the crossing.

-BP