In Thailand police were searching on Wednesday (22 August) for a signalman and a freight train driver who disappeared after a train crash on Tuesday (21 August) in which fifty-two people were killed and nearly two hundred injured.
In Thailand police were searching on Wednesday (22 August) for a signalman and a freight train driver who disappeared after a train crash on Tuesday (21 August) in which fifty-two people were killed and nearly two hundred injured. The collision of a freight train and a crowded passenger train in a Bangkok suburb was the worst in the country's history.
SYNOPSIS: Investigators are still trying to establish the cause of the collision. Five passenger carriage plunged off the rails when the trains collided near a station. The signal-man and a freight train driver disappeared and were being sought to give statement about what happened. The chairman of the State Railway of Thailand said a complete investigation could take a month.
One of the trains was carrying commuters into Bangkok and the freight train was carrying petrol and cement. The collision took place near a station just across the Chao Phraya River from central Bangkok. Police pulled more than forty dead bodies from the wreckage and several other people died in hospital soon after being rescued.
The dead included many school-children -- and the crash scene was strewn with school bags and textbooks.
The commuter train was also being used by vendors to transport vegetables, fish and eggs to markets in the city. Railway officials could not recall a worse train accident in Thailand. A railway spokesman said ???welve people were killed in a rail crash earlier this year and the worst previous accident, in which more than twenty people died, took place over ten years ago.