Burmese migrant killed in car crash

Feb 25, 2009 (DVB), A car carrying more than 30 Burmese migrant workers in Chiang Mai overturned on 20 February, killing one person and seriously injuring another.

A nine-year-old girl is still in hospital in a critical condition, and may have to have her left arm amputated, the Chiang Mai-based Migrant Assistance Programme foundation said.

The accident occurred near Chiang Mai international airport at Big-C Road. Four other patients remain in hospital, while the driver received only minor injuries.

The car is being held by the police and the owner could be charged with manslaughter, it is said.

The dead victim, 30-year old Sai Lon from Mong Pan, is to be buried this Thursday, according to a relative. His wife Nang Khin and two children are having difficulty finding sufficient money to bury him.

Although it is not sure as to what the Thai authorities are likely to do to help the workers – migrant workers are often arrested by Thai authorities , MAP foundation said it will try to get compensation for them.

Reporting by Naw Say Paw

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