Thai man fatally struck by train in Ayutthaya

Photo courtesy of KhaoSod

Tragedy struck yesterday when a 42 year old Thai man was killed by an oncoming train in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province.

The incident occurred at approximately 8.30pm near the Wat Phanan Choeng area, as reported by Police Lieutenant Colonel Thongchai Kaewjaroon, an investigator at the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Police Station.

The deceased, identified as Apisit Pumkokgruad, was sitting in the middle of the railway track when he was struck by the Chiang Mai-Bangkok express train, resulting in catastrophic injuries. His dismembered body was found along the track, illustrating the sheer force of the impact. The emergency services, including medical personnel from Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Hospital and volunteers from the Ayutthaya Ruamjai Association, were promptly notified and arrived at the scene to investigate.

The stepmother of the deceased, 43 year old Chanisorn was overcome with grief as she recounted seeing Apisit sitting by a drainage gate near the accident site earlier that evening. Her distress was palpable as she described Apisit’s mental health issues.

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Sarayut Meesomprasert, a security officer at the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya railway station, explained that the train driver had reported seeing someone sitting on the track facing away from the oncoming train. Despite an attempt to brake, the train could not stop in time due to the speed it was travelling and the curvature of the track, leading to the deadly collision.

The police intend to conduct a thorough investigation, calling in the victim’s relatives for detailed questioning, reported KhaoSod.

The family did not suspect any foul play and allowed the rescue unit to transfer Apisit’s body to them for traditional funeral rites.

In related news, police discovered the dead body of a Canadian man under the platform of Chet Samian Railway Station in the central province of Ratchaburi on March 21. This discovery followed a missing person report filed the previous day.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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