By The Nation
Sukan Phrombutr, who has been earning a living selling rice crackers outside the train station in Pak Chong, broke down in tears on Monday when she was shown the nearly Bt800,000 that’s accumulated in a bank account for her.
Station chief Pisit Saengphrom visited her in hospital at the same time and gave her another Bt10,000 to help with her welfare.
The day before, Sukan had been crossing the eight parallel tracks at the station when a train transporting gasoline approached too quickly for her to get out of the way. Her foot was severed.
Sukan, now recovering at Pak Chong Nana Hospital, has no living relatives, but has been aided in recent years by Lek Prajonnuan, 59, and his wife Supat, 56.
It was Lek who made the appeal for donations and as of Monday had collected Bt792,467.
Lek and his wife have known Sukan since she worked for them as a corn harvester a decade ago and have continued to take care of her.
Lek said he would move the donated money to a new account in Sukan’s name and planned to contribute more from his own pocket.