A Bangkok-Nong Khai diesel express train derailed at a railway crossing in Udon Thani province early Tuesday, causing injuries and about 70 million baht damage, police said.
Pol Lt Bodin Panyaso, the duty officer at Muang district police station, said the accident occurred about 5.15am at the Nong Dae railway crossing in tambon Mu Mon of Udon Thani's Muang district. It involved diesel express train No 77 which departed from Bangkok on Monday at 6.20pm heading for Nong Khai.
The train arrived at Udon Thani railway station about 5am. About 15 minutes after leaving the Udon Thani station and while passing the Nong Dae railway crossing at kilometre marker 585/5 the train hit a 1 x 2 foot concrete slab which was placed between the two rail track so vehicles could cross the rail track.
Three of the five passenger cars derailed, leaving two others on the track.
A number of passengers, the train driver and a member of the train staff were injured. They were admitted to Udon Thani Hospital.
Railway officials from Udon Thani who examined the scene believed the accident was caused by the concrete slab. It had been dislodged from its place by heavy vehicles and one end appeared to have prpotruded over on of the lines.
The damage to the train was estimated at 70 million baht.
A bus was arranged to take about 50 unhurt passengers to Nong Khai.