A Yala-Bangkok sprinter train was partially damaged after hitting a metal objectwhile it was running in Kui Buri district of Prachuab Khiri Khan province early on Tuesday(Apr 17).
The crash with the object, later proved to be a large metal sheet, at 5.00am happened near the railway crossing at Ban Nong Tasua in Tambon Kui Buri, causing damages to the braking systems of three cars on the front, and the motor oil tank for the air conditioning system.
The train couldn't proceed further forcing the evacuation of some 424 passengers on six cars to buses instead.
Railway engineers later detached the two damages cars from the train and used the third car to slowly drag the train to Kui Buri railway station for checking.
According to railway officials, it was not known exactly the cause of the crash as they and local police checked the route but found nothing obstructing the tracks.
They found only a large metal sheet tainted with motor oil near the rail line with traces showing it was hit by train.
Railway officials and police did not establish the incident was intentional or accidental but said that in January last year, unknown number of ill- intention people blocked the rail line with wood sleepers, and in January this year, 7 concrete fence poles were also used to block the rail line at Klong Chaitong in Prachuab Khiri Khan, 5 kilometres away from today's scene.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)