Locomotive falls into river after train-mountain crash in northern Thailand

BANGKOK, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- The locomotive of a passenger train fell into the Yom river after the train derailed and crashed into a mountain in Thai northern province of Phrae on Thursday night, a local source told Xinhua.b

The accident occurred at about 8:00 p.m. local time (1300 GMT).The driver of the train and an engineman were missing after the accident, while the exact casualties were not available right now, the source said.

The Express 52 train was heading to Bangkok from northern city of Chiang Mai. After the accident, all the passenger carriages with some 100 passengers remained on the rail track and were later tolled to nearby Lam Pang station.

Thai railway authority has confirmed the accident and an official told Thai Radio FM100 that the heavy rain in the area maybe the cause of the accident.

The heavy rain on Thursday caused flooding at the site, which damaged the railt rack by landslide. Local officials have rushed to the scene but the rescue and repair operation has been delayed because of the bad weather, the official said.

Railway authority in Bangkok said the train service from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, which passes Phrae, has been closed temporarily. Enditem

Editor: Luan Shanglin

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