At least 17 dead and 30 injured by train and bus collision in Thailand | Abroad | News

AFP Rescue workers at the scene of the fatal accident.

In Thailand today at least seventeen passengers were killed when a bus with at least sixty passengers was caught by a train. At least 30 people were injured in the accident. The local authorities have announced this.

The bus travelers were on their way to a temple in Chachoengsao province – two hours from the capital, Bangkok – for a ceremony to mark 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 occurred at around 8 a.m. local time.

Provincial Governor Maitree Tritilanond told reporters that some 30 people have been injured so far. The number of fatalities and injuries is expected to increase.

Fatal accidents are common in Thailand, which regularly tops the list of countries with the world‘s deadliest roads, with speeding, drunk driving, and weak law enforcement all playing a role.

According to a 2018 report by the World Health Organization WHO, Thailand has the second highest death rate in traffic in the world.

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