Horrific moment train crashes into bus killing at least 20 people and injuring dozens more in Thailand

Horrific moment train crashes into bus killing at least 20 people and injuring dozens more in Thailand
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  • Updated: 11 Oct 2020, 11:26

THIS is the terrifying moment a train crashes into a packed bus on a level crossing in Thailand killing at least 20 people and injuring dozens more.

Rescue teams are now working to free those trapped inside the mangled wreckage of the rail tragedy which happened in Chachoengsao province, around 50 miles east of Bangkok, this morning.

9The horror moment the train crashes into the packed bus on a level crossingCredit: Viral Press
9The bus was hit near the rail station in Khlong Kwaeng Klan districtCredit: Viral Press

On board the coach were 60 factory workers who were travelling to a Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan province to pray for good luck.

The collision happened when the bus driver went over an unguarded crossing while the train was approaching.

There was rain at the time possibly reducing visibility, say reports from the scene.

The driver reportedly failed to hear a horn being sounded by the oncoming train and the two vehicles collided.

9Medics with survivors of the tragedy in Chachoengsao province, ThailandCredit: Viral Press
9Rescue teams are now working to free those still trapped inside the wreckageCredit: Reuters
9The driver reportedly failed to hear a horn being sounded by the oncoming trainCredit: Viral Press

Rescue teams dashed to the scene and at least 17 people were confirmed dead and 40 others were seriously injured and rushed to the hospital.

Fireman were also trying to reach passengers still stuck inside the wreckage at 10am (3am UK time) local time.

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

Images from the scene showed both vehicles had flipped on to their sides and were badly damaged.

9At least 20 people were confirmed dead and 40 others seriously injuredCredit: Viral Press
9There is no barrier over the line so drivers have to wait before crossingCredit: Viral Press

Metal debris and people's belongings could be seen strewn across the railway tracks.

A local at the scene said the accident was ''the worst train crash ever scene in the area''.

He added: ''There is no barrier over the train line. Drivers have to wait and wait before crossing.

''The bus driver did not see the train coming or hear it, even when the train driver sounded the horn."

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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.

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.

9There was rain at the time reducing visibilityCredit: Viral Press
9The horror accident left scenes of absolute carnageCredit: Viral Press

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