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At least 20 dead, dozens injured after train crashes into bus near Bangkok

Published on October 11, 2020 5:34 AM
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BANGKOK: At least 20 people were killed and more than 40 injured after a freight train collided with a tour bus near Bangkok on Sunday (Oct 11), officials said.

The collision happened at around 8am (9am Singapore time) at Khlong Khwaeng Klan station in Chachoengsao province, about 50km east of the capital Bangkok.

There were about 60 passengers in the chartered bus travelling from neighbouring Samut Prakan province to a temple in Chachoengsao, said province governor Maitree Tritilanond.

They were planning to offer yellow robes to monks ? a traditional ceremony held within a month of the end of Buddhist Lent, he told reporters.

The bus was on the track when the train hit, said the province's disaster management agency. There was no barricade, it added.

Dozens of injured passengers were rushed to nearby medical facilities for treatment, said provincial hospital director Sombat Chutimanukul.

"Four are in critical condition and eight remain under observation" out of the 23 admitted to her hospital, she told reporters.

The number of casualties and injured is expected to ...