Briton seriously hurt in fall from train

Briton seriously hurt in fall from train

Daniel Clarke is wheeled toward an ambulance to be taken to Chumphon Khet Udomsakdi Hospital after the Briton was found lying near the railway tracks in Muang district of Chumphon on Saturday. (Photo by Amnart Thongdee)

CHUMPHON: A British tourist is recovering in hospital from serious injuries after falling off a southbound train, but the details of the incident are still unclear.

Police in Chumphon alerted the Wisai Nue police station on Saturday morning about a man found lying near the track between the Wisai and Thung Kha stations in Muang district of the southern province.

The man was identified by police as Daniel Clarke, 21, of Aldershot in southern England. He had injuries to his head and shin when he was found, and rescuers took him to Chumphon Khet Udomsakdi Hospital for treatment.

Dr Sanchai Nakaphan, a physician at the hospital, said the Briton had undergone an operation and an x-ray indicated no damage to the brain. His condition is improving but he is being closely monitored, the doctor added.

Wiriya Kaenkaew, a Tourism Authority of Thailand official in Chumphon, said authorities had contacted Mr Clarke’s family and friends in the United Kingdom.

Ms Wiriya, who was at the hospital with rescuers, also posted on her Facebook page that the tourist was safe after falling from a train.

The time that he fell and the reason are still under investigation by police. A State Railway of Thailand official on board the Thon Buri-Lang Suan train, whose name was not disclosed, said he noticed a man lying near the tracks and called police in Chumphon.

He speculated that the Briton might have been on board the Bangkok-Nakhon Si Thammarat train, which was running ahead of his train.

Mr Clarke was reportedly travelling with at least one friend, whose name was not given.

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