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13 October 2009 :: 08:10:17 am 31685

Train Driver Sacked Following Thailand’s Railways Disaster

BANGKOK, Oct 12 (TNA) - The State Railways of Thailand (SRT) on Monday fired a train driver who collapsed while on duty, causing the train he was driving to Bangkok to derail in the resort town of Hua Hin in Prachuab Khiri Khan last week, leaving seven passengers dead and injuring nearly 90 others.
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SRT deputy governor Pakorn Tangjetsakow, who is also chairman of the committee probing the derailment of the Route No. 84 passenger train, bound from Trang to Bangkok, said that the investigation showed that the accident was not caused by a technical glitch, but by collective human error–the train driver, an engineer and other staff.

He said driver Roengsak Phanthep told investigators that he had taken medicines for fever and allergy and collapsed without warning as the train approached the accident scene. Mr Parorn said the train under Roengsak’s control jumped the stop light at Wang Phong Station and ran at high speed to Khao Tao station in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin district before derailing there.

The SRT deputy governor said the committee decided to dismiss Mr Roengsak, while the engineer and staff of the derailed train will be punished by cutting their salaries by 15 per cent for 10 months.

The government-owned railway is facing a severe staff shortage and numbers of train drivers have been unable to take holidays or sick leave.

The SRT earlier said it will request Transport Minister Sopon Zarum for permission to recruit more personnel to offset its manpower shortage, and that train maintenance will be upgraded following the worst rail incident in Thailand for many years. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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