Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Many reported dead in Thailand bus-train collision

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At least 17 passengers were killed and more than dozen injured on today when a bus collided with a train in Thailand.

The bus passengers were on their way to a temple in Cha Choeng Sao province, two hours from the capital Bangkok for a ceremony to mark the end of Vassa (Buddhist Lent).

Such deadly accidents are common in Thailand, which regularly tops lists of countries with the world’s most lethal roads, with speeding, drunk driving and weak law enforcement all contributing factors.

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

Although a majority of the victims are motorcyclists, bus crashes involving groups of tourists and migrant labourers often grab headlines.