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At least 17 dead after bus drives into path of train

Tragic: Officials and onlookers survey wreckage after fatal collision 50 miles from Thai capital Bangkok PICTURE: GETTY

AT LEAST 17 people were killed when a train collided with a bus in Thailand.

About 30 injured survivors were taken to hospital after the horror crash yesterday in Chacheongsao, 50 miles east of the capital Bangkok.

The bus, carrying 65 passengers to a temple for a ceremony marking the end of Vassa — Buddhist Lent — was hit as it crossed the tracks in the path of the train near Khlong Kwaeng Klan station.

‘It was raining, perhaps the driver did not see the train,’ the district chief officer Prathueng Yookassem told Thailand’s PBS TV channel. Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

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

Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha offered his condolences to their families.