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Grandmother and grandson flee for their lives as train smashes pick-up at "faulty" crossing

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Grandmother and grandson flee for their lives as train smashes pick-up at "faulty" crossing

 

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Picture: Daily News

 

A grandmother and her ten year old grandson were lucky to escape with their lives after getting stuck between the barriers of a level crossing in Prajuab Khiri Khan on Sunday. 

 

Locals told the Daily News that the automatic crossing was always going wrong. 

 

Pornthip Malaiket, 58, was driving home in her four door Toyota pick-up.

 

She said that she heard no warning siren and the barriers were up as she went over the crossing in the Sala Mor Phrom area of Ban Ta Hoo Kwang in Thap Sakae. 

 

When she was half way across, the barriers came down both in front of her and behind trapping her vehicle on the rails. 

 

She quickly opened her door and that of her grandson and both fled as a train approached. 

 

She looked back as the train slammed into her vehicle propelling it into a field. 

 

The train - the Surat Thai to Bangkok Sprinter 40 - was stopped 500 meters down the tracks when Thap Sakae police arrived on the scene. 

 

Locals told Daily News that the automatic crossing was frequently faulty. Sometimes there was no warning sound that the barriers were descending and sometimes the barriers even came down when there was no train coming. 

 

An investigation is underway. 

 

Source: Daily News

 

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14 minutes ago, webfact said:

When she was half way across, the barriers came down both in front of her and behind trapping her vehicle on the rails.

At what speed does these barriers come down, by gravity?

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12 minutes ago, Vacuum said:

At what speed does these barriers come down, by gravity?

 

Definitely powered down, 10 seconds or so to close, there's supposed to be lights and a pling-pling sound before the barriers start moving.

 

If the barrier comes down when you are on the tracks KEEP GOING, the barrier is lightweight and will break, the damage to your vehicle will be rather less that it would be from being hit by a train.

 

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Just now, watcharacters said:

Do not remain on train tracks when a train approaches.

 

Indeed.

 

And yet, Youtube is filled with videos from all over the world where people stop on the tracks coz the barrier has come down in front of them, with predictable consequences.

 

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Fumbling with gears, got the wrong one and stalled the engine (assuming she was driving a stick shift)?

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4 minutes ago, Vacuum said:

Fumbling with gears, got the wrong one and stalled the engine (assuming she was driving a stick shift)?

...or maybe what happened was just as she reported it.

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3 minutes ago, Just Weird said:

...or maybe what happened was just as she reported it.

She got half way across, and suddenly the barriers just fell down.... I don't think so.

 

Edit: It's possible, but not likely.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

Locals told the Daily News that the automatic crossing was always going wrong. 

Locals told Daily News that the automatic crossing was frequently faulty. Sometimes there was no warning sound that the barriers were descending and sometimes the barriers even came down when there was no train coming. 

...unfortunately nobody had the time to inform those in charge of the problem???

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The amount of people and vehicles hit by trains on a one track railway is baffling said the fat controller 🤔 

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2 hours ago, Vacuum said:

At what speed does these barriers come down, by gravity?

9.81 m/sec2

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12 minutes ago, fxe1200 said:

sec2

What's that?

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The Pick-Up must have been travelling at 5 KPH and the barriers must have dropped like a bullitt for this to happen. 

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39 minutes ago, Vacuum said:

What's that?

32 ft per second per second, ie being the acceleration due to gravity (in a medium that causes no friction, ie a vacuum)

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what did they say?  A high-speed train in Thailand...🤣🤣

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