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On September 16th just 300 meters from the Hua Lamphong main terminal in Bangkok a train derailed just days after another derailment in the Bang Sue area of Bangkok.
The train left Su-ngai Kolok as was heading for Bangkok’s platform 8 at Hua Lamphong when the first four carriages derailed. Nobody was injured and the train was still on track and functioning normally, however many other trains were delayed as a result.
The transport minister Chatchart Sitthihan rushed to the incident site and told reporters the cause was the age of the track and damaged railway sleepers. He told Praphat Chongsa-nguan, the State Railway of Thailand governor to inspect all of the tracks in the Bankok area for damage and then to report his findings within one week. The State railway chief was also told to report the condition of the tracks around the whole country by next week and make a maintenance plan and present a budget to the ministry of transport.
Mr Chatcahrt indicated that the frequent derailments were an issue that must be urgently resolved and the entire railway system should be inspected visually on foot.