An Irish pensioner has been killed by a train after falling off his bike onto a makeshift level crossing while taking a shortcut home, police said today.
Philip Andrew Foley, 73, had been visiting friends when he rode home alone on Friday night in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Thailand.
He was trying to use a make shift rail track crossing built by locals out of cement but fell over as a speeding train approached.
The driver said he saw Philip stranded on the tracks from some 200 meters away and sounded his horn but he didn’t get out the way and the train couldn’t slow down in time.
The locomotive ploughed into the pensioner killing him instantly and smashing his red Honda PCX motorcycle.
Police said Philip had been visiting foreign friends three kilometers from the scene of the accident and was taking a short cut on his way home.
The train came to a stop further down the line and Philip’s body was discovered in a ditch at the side of the tracks. The remains of his bike were scattered along the track.
Pictures show stunned locals gathering at the scene of the accident while the train is parked up.
Philip is understood to have moved to Thailand after retiring.
A Thai police spokesman in the Pran Buri area said: ”This was an accident. He was taking the shortcut home and fell onto the tracks.
”The body has been taken to hospital. The embassy has been informed.”