BANGKOK (AP) -- A passenger train collided with a pickup truck in heavy rain in northern Thailand on Tuesday, killing seven construction workers in the truck and seriously injuring another, police said.
The train, bound for Bangkok, crashed into the truck at an unguarded crossing in Saraphi district shortly after departing from Chiang Mai, police Lt. Col. Kumkaew Suyati said. He said the heavy downpour could have prevented the truck driver from seeing the oncoming train while crossing the tracks.
Kumkaew said five men and two women in the pickup truck were immediately killed and another man was seriously injured. All were members of the ethnic Shan minority, he said.
Construction jobs in Thailand are commonly filled by migrant workers or ethnic minorities.
Kumkaew said the train was not damaged and was able to continue its trip after a brief stop.
Chiang Mai is Thailand's second largest city and a popular tourist destination.