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Thailand bus fire: Around 21 Myanmar migrants killed as vehicle crashes
Posted on: 30-03-2018 , 03:12:PM | DY365 Bureau

 Picture Courtesy: Independent BD

 March 30, 2018: At least 21 people were charred to death on Friday after a chartered bus carrying workers from Myanmar crashed and burned on a highway in western Thailand, near the capital Bangkok.

According to the police officials, there were 48 Myanmar workers in the bus, including the driver and his wife.
As per Bangkok Post, the accident occurred at Kilometre 60 on Highway 12, at the Taksin Maharat National Park in Tambon Mae Thor in Tak province.
The remaining 27 passengers were injured in the accident and taken to the hospital. However, their condition is yet to be ascertained.
According to reports, the bus was coming from Mae Sot province to Nava Nakorn Industrial Zone in Pathum Thani, after the workers had successfully completed the registration of their work permits by the Thai labour ministry.
Kittisak Boonchan, a rescue worker in Tak province, told reporters there were 47 people on the bus.
The accident took place at 1:25 am in the northwestern province of Tak which borders Myanmar, a source of much of Thailand's huge migrant labour force.
Low status and poorly paid, migrant workers often fall victim to safety lapses and exploitation in Thailand.
The driver of that bus later confessed to being on drugs at the time of the crash.
Initial reports had said that the engine of the bus had caught fire, which spread quickly through the vehicle.

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