Train hits tourist bus in Thailand, kills 17...

Dhaka, Tuesday   27 October 2020

Train hits tourist bus in Thailand, kills 17

 International Desk

 Published: 11:42 AM, 11 October 2020   Updated: 04:17 PM, 11 October 2020

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At least 17 people were killed and many others injured on Sunday as a train hit a bus in Thailand, officials said.

The collision took place around 50 kilometres (31 miles) east of the capital Bangkok as the bus passengers were on their way to a temple in Cha Choeng Sao province for a ceremony to mark the end of Buddhist Lent, said a district police chief. 

Provincial governor Maitree Tritilanond told reporters that so far about 29 people were injured. 

The number of casualties and injured is expected to rise.

Early images by rescue workers showed gnarled metal and debris, with bodies lying by the train tracks and people’s belongings scattered. The bus was overturned on its side, the top of it ripped off, and rescue workers said a crane was needed to lift it.

Such deadly accidents are common in Thailand, which regularly tops lists of the world’s most lethal roads, with speeding, drunk driving and weak law enforcement all contributing factors. Thailand has the second-highest traffic fatality rate in the world, according to a 2018 report by the World Health Organization.