Thai driver survives after being hit by train at level crossing

A driver who was "in a hurry" had a miraculous escape after being hit by a train at a level crossing in Thailand, on Monday.

CCTV shows the moment the locomotive clatters into the vehicle before pushing it forwards along the tracks in front of horrified witnesses.

Police officers arrived at the scene to investigate and found a pickup farther down the tracks.

Miraculously, the driver Saharat Hussakul, 37, emerged from the wreckage and told police he was ''in a hurry'' and did not see the train.

He said: "I picked up four workers from a home nearby and was delivering them to the construction site. I was in a hurry so I did not check the light signaller slow down before driving across.''

Police Captain Peerachat Pumtama said that the police will charge the pickup driver and question the train driver.

The officer said: "Initially, we plan to charge the driver with driving carelessly and we will also run the test to check if he was intoxicated.

"However, we still need more information about the incident, so we will call in the train driver."

The four labourers who were in the truck during the crash also all survived.

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