Wednesday 25 April 2018

Bus fire kills 20 factory workers in Thailand

The bus was heading to a factory in an industrial zone near Bangkok.

Thai firefighters work on a burnt double-decker bus (Daily News via AP)
Thai firefighters work on a burnt double-decker bus (Daily News via AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A fire on a double-decker bus carrying migrant workers in Thailand has killed 20 people.

The blaze was reported to police around 1:30am on Friday (7.30pm GMT Thursday) in Tak province in western Thailand along the border with Myanmar.

The bus was heading to a factory in an industrial zone near Bangkok, with local media reporting the workers were from Myanmar.

Police Lieutenant Raewat Aiemtak said 27 people managed to escape the fire, with one of them severely burned.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but Mr Raewat said the driver reported the fire started in the middle of the bus and spread quickly.

People in the front managed to escape but those in the back of the vehicle were trapped.

The tragedy comes a week after another high death toll showed the continuing dangers of Thailand’s roads.

On March 21, a chartered tour bus lost control on a downhill curve in Thailand’s northeast and slid off the road, killing 18 people and injuring 33.

A day later, a bus on a school trip in the central province of Ayutthaya skidded in the rain and flipped, injuring 39 people.

Thailand has the second-highest rate of traffic fatalities in the world after Libya, according to World Health Organisation statistics.

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