Teen girl killed in auto train crash

Teen girl killed in auto train crash

Brother injured after a car drove into the lane of a train at an unmanned junction in Chumphon

A rescue worker looks at a badly damaged car after it was hit by a train at a junction in Chumphon’s Lang Suan district on Saturday. A 16-year-old girl was killed in the accident and her 19-year-old brother, who was behind the wheel, was injured. (Photo: Putthapratheep Lang Suan Rescue Association Facebook page)

A young girl was killed and her 19-year-old brother injured when her car was hit by a train at an unmanned railway crossing in Lang Suan district of Chumphon province on Saturday morning.

The accident happened in Ban Khuan tambon, said Police Captain Thanakit Longsawat, an investigator with Lang Suan Police Station, who was alerted at around 9:45 am.

Police arriving at the scene found a badly damaged Honda CR-V with Chumphon license plates near the train tracks. Two people were injured and taken to hospital, but one was later pronounced dead.

The dead victim was identified as Piyamat Nilsuk, 16, and the injured driver was her older brother Payungsak Nilsuk, 19, Thai media reported.

According to initial police investigations, a commuter train on the Chumphon-Hat Yai route left Lang Suan station a few minutes before the accident. As it approached the intersection, the train driver saw the car approaching the intersection. He honked the horn and tried to brake, but was unable to stop in time to avoid the car as it swerved across the track. The crossing had no barriers, but there was a signpost for the level crossing.

The force of the impact caused the car to roll over several times before landing on the side of the road. The train remained undamaged and continued its journey later.

According to reports, Mr Payungsak was driving his sister to a training course at the time of the accident. Police plan to question him later but said he was still in shock at the loss of his sister.

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