17 killed, many injured as train hits bus in Thailand

Scene of the accident
Scene of the accident

A bus has collided with a train in Thailand, killing at least 17 people and injuring dozens more, officials say.

The crash happened on Sunday morning, 50km (31 miles) east of Bangkok.

Thai police said passengers inside the bus were on their way to a temple to mark the end of Buddhist Lent.

Images from the scene show the bus upturned on its side, heavily damaged and objects scattered along the train tracks.

Rescue workers say they need a crane to be able to lift the bus.

The death toll is expected to rise.

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Traffic collisions are common in Thailand, with poor safety standards and busy roads thought to be key factors. A 2018 report from the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thailand had the second-highest traffic fatality rate in the world.

In March 2018, at least 18 people died and dozens wounded when a bus in north eastern Thailand swerved off the road and smashed into a tree.

At least three people were killed in 2016 when a train collided with a double-decker bus carrying tourists at an unguarded railway crossing west of Bangkok.

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