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20 migrant workers charred to death in Thailand

20 migrant workers charred to death in Thailand

A bus carrying Burmese migrant workers crashed and caught fire on Friday, March 30, on a highway in Tak Province, Thailand, killing at least 21 people.

Twenty Myanmar migrant workers died early today as fire tore through a bus taking them from a Thai border town to Bangkok, officials said.

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The Post quoted police Lt. Raewat Aiemtak as saying that 27 people had managed to escape the fire; one of the injured was severely burnt.

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The cause of fire wasn't immediately known, but Raewat said the driver reported the fire started in the middle of the bus and spread quickly.

The tragedy comes a week after another high death toll showed the continuing dangers of Thailand's roads.

Kittisak Boonchan, a rescue worker in Tak province, told reporters there were 47 people on the bus.

The kingdom has a poor road safety record on crashes with around 24,000 people perishing on its roads each year, according to the World Health Organisation.


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