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Bus crash, fire kills 21 migrant workers

Bus crash, fire kills 21 migrant workers

TAK: A bus loaded with Myanmar workers crashed and burned in Tak province this morning (Mar 30), killing 21 passengers.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 30 March 2018, 08:43AM


The burnt-out bus sits at the side of the road after firemen extinguished the fire. Photo: Assawin Pinitwong

The burnt-out bus sits at the side of the road after firemen extinguished the fire. Photo: Assawin Pinitwong

Another 27 of the passengers managed to escape the inferno, but were injured and taken the hospital. Their condition was unknown.

Reports from Tak province said the chartered bus was carrying about 50 Myanmar workers from Mae Sot province to the Nava Nakorn Industrial Zone in Pathum Thani after they had completed registration of their work permits.

The migrants were among thousands who successfully completed lengthy, difficult work-permit registration at the Labour Ministry.

The accident occurred at Kilometre 60 on Highway 12, at the Taksin Maharat National Park in tambon Mae Thor.

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First reports said that the engine of the bus caught fire which spread quickly through the vehicle.

Police said the bus was carrying 48 Myanmar workers, in addition to the Thai driver and his wife.

Police said the fire was so intense that identifying the dead would require experts. One officer at the scene told a Bangkok Post reporter he could not distinguish between male and female corpses.

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marcher | 30 March 2018 - 14:12:05

Please have a little sympathy for those workers. Being burnt alive is an unbelievably terrible way to end their lives

Discover Thainess | 30 March 2018 - 10:01:27

Ah yes, the new bus safety initiatives are working as expected.

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