At least 17 people killed as bus and train collide in Thailand
Rescuers stand next to a damaged train and bodies covered in sheets after a bus-train collision in Chacheongsao province - Daily News Via AP
At least 17 passengers were killed and more than a dozen injured when a bus collided with a train in Thailand on Sunday.
The collision occurred around 50 kilometers east of the capital, Bangkok, when bus passengers were on their way to a temple in Chachoengsao Province to celebrate the end of Buddhist Lent, a district police chief said.
"The death toll we have so far is 17," he said, adding that the accident happened around 8am (1am GMT).
Provincial Governor Maitree Tritilanond told reporters that about 29 people have been injured so far.
Early pictures of rescue workers showed gnarled metal and debris, with bodies littered along the railroad tracks and people's belongings scattered.
The bus was tipped on its side, the roof torn down, and rescue workers said a crane was required to lift it.
The number of victims and injuries is expected to increase.
Such fatal accidents are common in Thailand, which regularly tops the list of the world's deadliest roads. Speed, drunk driving, and weak law enforcement all add to this.
Thailand has the second highest road mortality rate in the world, according to a 2018 report by the World Health Organization.
Although the majority of victims are motorcyclists, bus accidents involving groups of tourists and migrant workers often make headlines.
In March 2018, at least 18 people were killed and dozens injured when a bus carrying people returning from vacation in northeastern Thailand went off the road and hit a tree.
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