Thailand: 17 dies in bus-train collision

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 08:20 am

At least 17 passengers were killed and nearly 30 injured on Sunday when a bus collided with a train in Thailand, officials said.

The collision happened around 50 kilometers (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 17,” he said, adding that the accident occurred around 8 a.m. (0100 GMT). Provincial governor Maitree Tritilanond told reporters that so far about 29 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.