Thailand crash: Bus collides with train, killing 18

The collision occurred east of Bangkok early Sunday morning
A bus crashed into a train in Thailand, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens more.
The crash occurred on Sunday morning, 50 km east of Bangkok.
Thai police said passengers on the bus were heading to a temple to mark the end of Buddhist Lent.
Pictures from the scene show the bus turned on its side, badly damaged and objects scattered on the train tracks.
Rescue workers say they need a crane to lift the bus.
At the time of the crash, there were 60 passengers on the bus, said province governor Maitree Tritilanond.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha expressed condolences and called for a thorough investigation.
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Traffic collisions are common in Thailand, with poor safety standards and busy roads being seen as key factors. A 2018 report by the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thailand has the second highest road mortality rate in the world.
In March 2018, at least 18 people died and dozen were injured when a bus pulled off the road in northeast Thailand and hit a tree.
At least three people were killed in 2016 when a train collided with a double-decker bus carrying tourists at an unguarded level crossing west of Bangkok.

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