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At least 20 Dead and More than 40 Injured in a Bus-Train Collision Near Bangkok

At least 20 people were killed and more than 40 injured after a goods train collided with a tour bus near Bangkok on October 11, Sunday, officials said. The accident happened at around 8am (9am Singapore time) at Khlong Khwaeng Klan station in Chachoengsao province, about 50km east of the capital Bangkok.

The bus was carrying 60 passengers  in the chartered bus travelling from neighbouring Samut Prakan province to a temple in Chachoengsao, said province governor Maitree Tritilanond. They were planning to offer yellow robes to monks – a traditional ceremony held within a month of the end of Buddhist Lent, he told reporters.

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.

Governor Maitree said the crossing has an alarm but no barrier to block traffic when a train is coming. He said the province will install speed bumps and barriers, and also cut down trees near the crossing to improve visibility.

"Let this case be a lesson, and we will make improvements at risky spots so such accidents will not take place again," Maitree said in a statement.

Dozens of injured passengers were rushed to nearby medical facilities for treatment, said provincial hospital director Sombat Chutimanukul.

"Four are in critical condition and eight remain under observation" out of the 23 admitted to her hospital, she told reporters.

The number of casualties and injured is expected to rise.

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