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Barriers to be installed at train crossings nationwide in wake of Chachoengsao tragedy – VIDEO

Maya Taylor



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Following a major collision between a train and a bus in the eastern province of Chachoengsao on Sunday, officials plan to review and install barriers at train crossings around the country. 18 people died and 44 were injured when a freight train collided with a chartered bus near Khlong Kwaeng Klan railway station. It’s understood the bus passengers were on their way to a merit-making ceremony for the end of Buddhist Lent.


A spokesman for the Royal Thai Police, Yingyot Thepchamnon, has expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased and injured, as he instructed the Deputy Chief of Police for Chachoengsao province to launch a civil case investigation on behalf of the victims.

According to a Pattaya News report, visibility at the crossing where the accident occurred is poor, due to hilly terrain, in addition to trees and vines, obscured the view. It’s understood local officials have been asking for a train barrier (boom gate) to be installed for years, but it was decided such an installation would obstruct entrance to a village for foot traffic.

The Railway Police will work with the Department of Rail Transport and the State Railway of Thailand to introduce measures aimed at preventing future accidents. The Department of Transportation is also meeting with relevant parties to discuss the village entrance and to come up with measures to prevent further accidents.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    Jonathan Hugo

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 11:42 am

    The bus did not collide with the train – the train collided with the bus! And the bus was not laying anything, it was lying on its side. Let’s get our thinking and our language accurate before we write off native English-speaking teachers!

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    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Hey dingledongs: this might be a stupid idea but what about installing and then MAINTAINING lights and closing gate barriers at ALL train crossings? Might take awhile but worth a shot. This method has actually been succesfull in many countries

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    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Always AFTER the event! How about some kinda tech which can record those who jump the train lines and afterwards fines them heavily? HELLO! Is anybody home?

    The souls of those good people who departed here because of the incompetency of some clown who should have never been behind that wheel.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    I suggest the USA method of sounding the horns when approaching a crossing.
    Cheaper than gates that might or might not work.

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      Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 1:42 am

      Unlikely to work, trains take a long distance to stop, especially if heavily loaded

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    Vijay Pathak

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Sad to see such an accident my sympathy to the injured and bereaved families take proper precautions now

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