Truck collides with train in Thailand: 5 killed, dozens injured

A small truck crashed into a passenger train Wednesday in central Thailand, killing at least five people and injuring about two dozen others, rail officials said.

The train, which originated from the northern Malaysian town of Butterworth, was headed to Bangkok with more than 400 passengers, said Montakan Sriwilas, a spokeswoman for State Railways of Thailand.

The victims included three people aboard the truck and at least two passengers on the train, all of Thai nationality.

The truck, a 10-wheeled vehicle carrying animal feed, drove through an automatic barrier at a railway crossing that had raised from the ground to indicate a train was passing.

The collision, which forced three of the train's 14 cars to derail, occurred at about 9 a.m. (0200 GMT) as the train sped through the town of Ratchaburi, about 95 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of Bangkok, reports the AP.


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