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17 dead after train collides with bus in central Thailand: officials

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At least 17 people died early Sunday when a train collided with a bus in central Thailand, officials said.

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The tour bus was travelling with 65 passengers on board when it crossed the railway track during rain in Chacheongsao, 80 kilometres east of Bangkok, where a train smashed into the vehicle.

Prathueng Yookassem, the district chief officer, told Thailand’s PBS TV that at least 17 people died and 30 were injured.

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“It was raining, perhaps, the driver did not see the train,” he said.

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All of the injured were brought to two hospitals. Police say they are investigating.

The bus passengers were travelling from Samut Prakan province to a Buddhist temple in Chachoengsao for a merit-making ceremony.