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18 passengers killed, 40 others wounded in Thailand bus-train collision


Arhama AltafWeb Editor

12th Oct, 2020. 11:39 am
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Thailand bus train collision

At least 18 passengers were killed and more than a dozen injured after a bus-train collision in Thailand on Sunday.

According to the details, 18 people lost lives and more than 40 wounded when a freight train crashed into a bus taking passengers to a religious ceremony.

More than 40 passengers were taken to a nearby hospital for immediate medical assistance.

By late afternoon, more than 30 passengers who had sustained mild injuries were sent home, said a local police chief.

“The death toll is at 18,” police told, adding that “the investigation on the cause of the accident is underway”.

Footage shared by a government department showed the bus edging from the road onto train tracks before a blue cargo train slammed into its side.

“I was frozen in fear when I saw the crash… It was a terrible sight,” said a man who lives close to the tracks.

“All the passengers were moaning and crying for help.”

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, its top ripped off, and rescue workers said a crane was needed to lift it.

According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO), Thailand has the second-highest traffic fatality rate in the world.

Thailand bus-train collision

Earlier in 2018, at least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded when a bus carrying domestic tourists in northeastern Thailand swerved off the road and into a tree.