The Social Security Office (SCO) chief reiterated today that the pregnant woman who fell onto the rail tracks of the Airport Rail Link (ARL) service and killed was entitled for social welfare payments.
SCO secretary-general Suradet Waliithikul confirmed the social welfare payment that the victim's heir-at-law would receive after sending a team of welfare officials to investigate and find more information on her death.
Initially, he said her heir would be eligible for protection by the Social Insurance Fund which include right for 40,000 baht funeral expenditure, 30,000 baht for death welfare benefit, and about 78,000 baht for public pension.
Altogether her heir will get about 150,000 baht state welfare payment, he said.
He said he has ordered local SCO office to contact her heir to collect the welfare payment.
Meanwhile Railway Police Division commander Pol Maj Gen Surapong Tanomchit said investigation of the incident and questioning of witnesses showed the victim lost her standing balance before staggering and falling onto the rail tracks.
Her husband also confirmed no dispute with his wife, dispelling a theory that she might take her own life, he said.
Besides, video footage also showed she stood behind the yellow line which is the safe area, he said.
The security guard and the train driver also pushed the stop button to stop the train but the train couldn't stop instantly as it was running at 60 kilometres per hour and needed a certain distance to bring the train to stop, he added.
The body of the victim was sent back to her hometown in Nan province for funeral.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)