The driver of a pick-up truck and three passengers on board were killed when the vehicle was rammed by a train at a railway crossing in Ratchaburi province Saturday evening.
The four victims were identified as Pinan Kamnoi, driver of the pick-up, and three passengers, Mrs Sopha Kamnoi, Mrs Bang-on Changphuek and Sompong Duangthong.
The State Railway of Thailand later issued a statement expressing sorrow for the fatal accident which occurred at a railway crossing between Potharam and Jed Samian railway stations.
SRT governor Wutthichart Kalyanamit said that initial investigation showed that the driver did not stop the car at the railway crossing despite the warning sign as a train was approaching the crossing.
He added that all the cars, except the one driven by Pinan, stopped at the crossing as they were waiting for the train to go through.
Quoting witnesses at the scene, the SRT governor said the pickup truck broke from a long queue of vehicles waiting at the crossing and dashed across the rail track as the Bangkok-Yala rapid train was fast approaching the railway crossing.
The accident caused several south-bound trains to be delayed for hours.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)