18 DEAD in Thailand bus-train collision

The scene of the bus-train collision.

THAILAND: At least 18 people were killed and more than 40 injured in Thailand Sunday when a freight train crashed into a bus taking passengers to a religious ceremony, officials said. 

The morning collision, around 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of the capital, Bangkok, toppled the bus and sheared off part of its roof. 

More than 40 passengers were rushed to nearby medical facilities for treatment, said Provincial Hospital Director Sombat Chutimanukul. 

Footage shared by a government department showed the bus edging from the road onto train tracks before a blue cargo train slammed into its side. 

There were some 60 passengers in the chartered bus travelling from Samut Prakan province on a pilgrimage to a temple in Chachoengsao, said Province Governor Maitree Tritilanond.- AFP 

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