Thailand: Government to tackle unauthorised crossings after six fatalities in less than a week

18 Nov

Six fatalities and many injuries in three level crossing accidents within a week have prompted Government action to address the plague of unofficial level crossings that blight Thailand. The first step is a working party to look at the issue surrounding nearly 600 known but unauthorised, locally constructed, level crossings. The intent is that the locally created crossings that have a role going forward will be equipped with active controls to warn of approaching trains.

Already, the state railway is adding barriers at 775 level crossings with a further 130 crossings added for 2015 upgrade. Additional funds will now be sought to allow progress to be made in bringing unauthorised level crossings into a managed regime.

The first in the cluster of three accidents happened on October 27th, 2014 when a car was hit with fatal consequences on a passive level crossing between Phetchaburi and Kao Tamone. Two people travelling in the car were killed when the car in which they were travelling burst into flames as a result of the collision.

The second accident on October 28th, 2014 occurred when a car stalled on a level crossing between Phrom Phiram and Khwae Noi in Phitsanulok province. The female motorist was injured.

The third of the accidents was on a passive level crossing in Khon Kaen’s Muang district on October 30th, 2014. In this accident two train drivers and two passengers were killed when the train on which they were travelling collided with a large loaded truck. Fourteen passengers required hospital attention. Witnesses are reported as saying that the truck made no attempt to stop and that the driver was apparently unaware of the approaching train.

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