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

Rescue workers stand at the crash site where a train collided with a paseengers bus in Chacheongsao province in central Thailand October 11, 2020. Dailynews via REUTERS

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A bus heading to a Buddhist temple collided with a train in central Thailand on Sunday, killing at least 20 people dead and injuring 30, authorities said.

The accident took place at 8:05 a.m. (0105 GMT) near the Khlong Kwaeng Klan railway station 63 km (40 miles) east of Bangkok, said Maitree Tritilanon, governor of Chachoengsao province, where the crash occurred.

A tour bus carrying some 60 factory workers on their way to a Buddhist ceremony at a temple was crossing a railway track when it was hit by a freight train headed to the capital from the east of the country.

The bus was flipped on its side its side and the top ripped off, with debris and metal scattered around the accident area, images from rescue workers showed. The train remained on the rails.

Governor Maitree said the crossing has an alarm but does no barrier to block traffic when a train is coming. He said the province will install speed bumps and barriers as well as cut down trees near the crossing to improve visibility.

"Let this case be a lesson, and we will make improvements at risky spots so such accidents will not take place again," Maitree said in a statement.

Thailand's roads rank among the world's deadliest, according to the World Health Organization. There has been little improvement despite safety campaigns over the years.

The bus passengers were traveling from Samut Prakan province to a Buddhist temple in Chachoengsao for a merit-making ceremony marking the end of the Buddhist Lent.

(Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um; Editing by William Mallard)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Did you find this article insightful?


50% readers found this article insightful

Next In World

Saudi cabinet says Houthi attacks target backbone of global economy, security of its supplies - SPA
No skiing in France before January, says Macron
EU unveils new action plan on migrant integration
Gold keeps falling on positive COVID-19 vaccine news
Give the coronavirus app bonus benefits to increase downloads, German state says
France's Macron eases some lockdown rules amid "glimmer of hope"
Urgent: France aims to lift nationwide coronavirus lockdown on Dec. 15
Roundup: Millions of Americans travel for Thanksgiving, ignoring CDC guidance
NYS governor warns of COVID-19 hospitalization spike over holiday season

Stories You'll Enjoy