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Train derails at a Trang construction site

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State Railway of Thailand officials and workers were clearing the tracks today (Thursday) after a Bangkok-Trang express train derailed this morning a few kilometres from the Trang Train Station.

No one was killed or injured in the incident, railway engineering official Chairat Duansung said.

The derailment, which led to the 14-car train’s last carriage going off the tracks, took place at 9.30am in Bang Wang Trae (Moo 7) of Tambon Na Tuam Nua in Muang district at a bridge under construction at a curve in the track.

The derailment caused the train to stop 50 metres from the bridge and seven kilometres from Trang Train Station.

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The engineer and other personnel quickly moved passengers out of the last car, which they then decoupled from to continue their journey, reaching Trang station at 9.45am. Removing the carriage and repairing the track would take until 5pm on Thursday, Chairat said.

During the repairs, passengers on a Bangkok-Kantang train were transferred by bus to the Thung Song Train Station in Nakhon Si Thammarat to continue their journey to Bangkok. The damage was initially estimated as 50,000 baht, a source at Trang Train Station said.

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    Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2011. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 42 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program (public radio Australia), presented over 11,000 radio news bulletins, 3,950 in Thailand alone, hosted 1050 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. He also reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand. As founder of The Thaiger in 2016, Tim is the current English Content Manager for the company, based in their Bangkok HQ.

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