Bus-train collision leaves at least 20 dead in Thailand, dozens injured

A bus-train collision in Thailand killed at least 20 people and injured more than 30 people on Sunday, official said.

The bus passengers were on their way to a temple in Cha Choeng Sao province for a ceremony to mark the end of “Vassa”, district police chief said.

Early images by rescue workers showed gnarled metal and debris, with bodies lying by the train tracks and people’s belongings scattered.

The bus was overturned on its side, its top ripped off, and rescue workers said a crane was needed to lift it.

Authorities warned of the casualties rising further.

Such deadly accidents are common in Thailand, which regularly tops lists of countries with the world’s most lethal roads, with speeding, drunk driving and weak law enforcement all contributing factors.

According to a 2018 report by the World Health Organization, Thailand has the second-highest traffic fatality rate in the world.

Though a majority of the victims are motorcyclists, bus crashes involving groups of tourists and migrant labourers often grab headlines.

In March 2018, at least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded when a bus carrying people returning from holiday in northeastern Thailand swerved off the road and smashed into a tree.