20 killed on temple trip in Thailand as bus, train collide
BANGKOK (Reuters) - A bus going to a Buddhist temple collided with a train in central Thailand on Sunday, killing at least 20 people and injuring 30.
The accident occurred at 8:05 a.m. (0105 GMT) near Khlong Kwaeng Klan train station, 63 km east of Bangkok, said Maitree Tritilanon, governor of Chachoengsao Province, where the crash took place.
A tour bus carrying about 60 factory workers en route to a Buddhist ceremony in a temple was crossing a railroad track when hit by a freight train traveling from the east of the country to the capital.
The bus was turned on its side and the top was torn down, with debris and metal scattered in the accident area, as pictures from rescue workers showed. The train stayed on the rails.
Governor Maitree said the crossing has an alarm but no barrier to block traffic when a train comes. He said the province will install speed bumps and barriers and cut trees near the intersection to improve visibility.
"Let this case be a lesson and we will make improvements in risky areas to prevent such accidents from happening again," Maitree said in a statement.
According to the World Health Organization, Thailand's roads are among the deadliest in the world. Despite security campaigns, little has improved over the years.
The bus passengers traveled from Samut Prakan Province to a Buddhist temple in Chachoengsao to hold a merit ceremony to mark the end of Buddhist Lent.
(Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um; Editing by William Mallard)
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