VIDEO: 20 killed on temple trip in Thailand as bus, train collide - GulfToday

VIDEO: 20 killed on temple trip in Thailand as bus, train collide

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Rescuers stand by a damaged train and bodies covered with white sheets. AFP

At least 20 passengers were killed and more than dozen injured on Sunday when a bus collided with a train in Thailand, officials said.

The collision happened around 50 kilometres (31 miles) east of the capital Bangkok as the bus passengers were on their way to a temple in Chachoengsao province for a ceremony to mark the end of Buddhist Lent, said a district police chief.

"The death toll we have so far is 20," he said, adding that the accident occurred around 8 am (0100 GMT).

Thailand bus-train 2 Victims following a collision between a train and bus next to Khlong Kwaeng Klan railway station. AFP

Provincial governor Maitree Tritilanond told reporters that so far about 30 people were injured.

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

The number of casualties and injured is expected to rise.

Thailand bus-train 3 Rescuers treat injured people after a bus-train deadly collision in Chacheongsao province. AFP

Such deadly accidents are common in Thailand, which regularly tops lists of 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.

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

In March 2018, at least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded when a bus carrying people returning from holiday in northeastern Thailand swerved off the road and smashed into a tree.

Agence France-Presse

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