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Bus En Route to Resort Island in Thailand Struck by Train, Three Killed

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 04, 2016

Bus En Route to Resort Island in Thailand Struck by Train, Three Killed

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A double-decker bus full of workers on a holiday vacation was struck by a train in Thailand Sunday, killing three people and injuring 30 more.

According to Yahoo News Australia, the bus was crossing railroad tracks in the Nakhon Pathom province in Thailand (northwest of Bangkok) en route to the popular resort island of Koh Samui when it was struck by a train heading to a station in the Kanchanaburi province.

The driver of the bus was pronounced dead at the scene by authorities, and two passengers were transported to a local hospital, but were pronounced dead later in the day. The remaining travelers who were injured in the accident were rescued from the bus and transported to local hospitals in the region.

The driver and the two passengers who died are believed to be Thai nationals.

Sky News on Twitter shared surveillance footage of the incident:

Unfortunately, deadly accidents are all too common in Thailand, as traffic rules are often ignored and reckless driving is common. A report from the University of Michigan suggests that the roads in Thailand are the second most dangerous in the world, behind only Namibia.

Thailand’s mortality rate from vehicle crashes is 44 per 100,000 inhabitants.


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