Kiwi injured in Thai train crash

Last updated 09:38 18/07/2013

Train in Thailand derails leaving many people, mostly tourists, injured.

Passengers carry their belongings as they leave a derailed train in northern Thailand.
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TRAIN CRASH: Passengers carry their belongings as they leave a derailed train in northern Thailand.

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A New Zealander was among at least 30 passengers injured when a train derailed in the mountains of northern Thailand.

State Railway Thailand (SRT), which was unable to confirm the spelling, named her as Sarah Gave, and indicated she had been released from hospital.

Her name was among 23 released by the rail operator, which also said all but five of those named were no longer in hospital.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman said this country's embassy in Bangkok had been advised a New Zealander was treated in hospital for minor injuries, discharged and had continued on her journey.

The woman had not contacted the embassy for support or advice.

The overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai skidded off the tracks and seven out of 10 carriages flipped onto their sides, SRT governor Prapas Jongsanguan said.
 
It was the second derailment on the popular tourist route in a month the seventh and most serious incident along the scenic northern rail route in the past four months.

Railway authorities believed the accident was caused by old tracks that were scheduled for repair.

"From an initial investigation, the train was travelling under its limit, but the tracks at that stretch were old and in poor condition. The last carriage, therefore, skidded and brought down other cars," Prapas said.

The train, carrying about 290 passengers, derailed close to a bend and near a section of track that was being repaired, Prapas said.

-Fairfax NZ and AP

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