Thai train derails injuring foreign tourists

first_imgAustralians among those injured in accident.Image: AP A State Railways of Thailand (SRT) train has derailed in the northern Thai province of Denchai, injuring 23 passengers.Seven carriages derailed on the Bangkok to Chiang Mai service and the injured occupants were mostly foreign tourists, The Age reported.The injured passengers were taken to hospital, while the remaining passengers were left stranded, waiting for a train from Lampang to carry them to their destination, Chiang Mai.Australian, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and American tourists were among those injured.“Derailments happen quite often,” SRT governor Prapat Chongsanguan said.“Initially we think that this time it’s due to old rail track.”While the Bangkok-Chiang Mai service was suspended, trains from Bangkok to Denchai continue to operate as normal.In March 2013, Thailand’s cabinet approved a plan to spend $US68 billion on a high-speed railway and other sizeable transportation projects to help drive the nation’s economic development.Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img

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