Bangkok subway accident injures dozens

/ Source: The Associated Press

A subway train slammed into another one stopped at a station during morning rush hour Monday, injuring as many as 100 people, six months after the subway system opened in the Thai capital, police and officials said.

TV footage showed some of the victims bleeding as rescue workers carried them up the stairs of the Cultural Center station to ambulances. Others, dazed and crying, were helped up the stairs to the street.

The driver of one of the trains was trapped in the wreckage and rescue workers were trying to reach him, said Yupadee Srinak, the spokeswoman for the underground train service.

The accident occurred when a train that was preparing to leave the station was struck by another train from behind, heavily damaging both of them, police said.

Police said dozens of people were injured, but Yupadee said as many as 100 were hurt.

The new subway system opened to the public in July, linking at three stations with elevated rail lines launched in 1999 to alleviate Bangkok’s notoriously heavy traffic.