Cornelis Maria Boumans
Police had to have strong nerves when they investigated the gruesome death of a Dutchman in Kanchaburi who was overrun by a train.
According to TNews, a Thai language online news portal, police were notified at 16:30 of a death involving a foreigner by a resident of Tha Sao subdistrict in Kanchanaburi province where the incident had taken place.
Investigator Pol Lt Gasan Para and additional officers from Saiyok Provincial Police Station arrived shortly later Ban Pu Pong train station, about 60 kilometres from Kanchanaburi’s tourist city centre.
On the scene, police found the partly dismembered body of Cornelis Maria Boumans from the Netherlands lying on the railway tracks. He was wearing red shorts and a navy blue t-shirt. The accident had left the body of the 52-year-old cut in two pieces at the waist.
Two boys and a girl who turned out to be the children of Mr Boumans had witnessed the horrible accident and were standing devastated and crying near the crash site. Police found out that the four had been on a pre-arranged trip and had left Nam Tok station for Thonburi station in Bangkok at about 15:30.
As the train was pulling away from Ban Pu Pong station, Mr Boumans was standing on a carriage ladder and fell while his right hand was still holding on to the steel handrail. He was thrown into a gap between the fourth and fifth carriages, pulled onto the track and crushed to death beneath the train.
Following standard procedures after an unnatural death, the body was sent for a post-mortem examination to pathologists in Bangkok.
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