Philip Andrew Foley
A scooter rider was crushed to death by an oncoming train as he was attempting to cross a bumpy railway line in Prachuap Khiri Khan province on Friday evening.
Pol Capt Natpong Ad-am from Pranburi Provincial Police Station was notified of the incident and arrived at the site around 18:30 that evening. “When we arrived, a cluster of people had gathered around the scene,” he said, adding that some of them were using the light from their mobile phones to get to the site of the accident.
On the tracks stood the halted train which had been involved in the accident. Only minutes earlier, train no. 251 from Thonburi to Prachuap Khiri Khan had been on its way to Wang Pong Railway Station when it crashed into a scooter apprixmately 400 metres north of the station.
The 73-year-old scooter rider, Philip Andrew Foley from Ireland, died on the spot. His red Honda PCX, license plate 1 กฆ 922 in Prachuap Khiri Khan, was found two metres from the train. The impact of the train had catapulted body almost 50 metres onto the surrounding grassland.
Pol Capt Natpong questioned the driver of the train who explained that the accident had happened at a small railway crossing around three kilometres north of Wang Pong Railway Station. According to his statement, as the driver approached the crossing, he saw Mr Foley fall off his scooter and onto the tracks.
Due to the speed of the train, there was not enough time for him to stop, said Pol Capt Natpong. Despite repeated horn warnings, the inevitable happened: the train collided with the scooter and Mr Foley, killing him instantly.
According to the investigation report, Mr Foley had been spending the day with his friends just three kilometres from the scene of the accident. While taking a shortcut on his way back home, Mr Foley had come upon the railway crossing which had recently been reconstructed with a concrete surface. He fell off his scooter a he was crossing the tracks was unable to get out of the way of an oncoming train in time.
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