Migrants killed in Thai road accident

Four Burmese migrant workers and a Thai national were killed and nine injured in southern Thailand yesterday when a van they were travelling in collided with a 10-wheel truck.

The accident took place in Prachuap Khiri Khan province as the overloaded van carrying 13 passengers made its way from Ranong, on the border with Burma, to Ban Saphan town.

An official at Bang Saphan hospital told DVB that four Burmese and the driver, a Thai national, were killed while nine were sent to the hospital with injuries, a number of which have since left.

In April nine Burmese migrants were killed in similar circumstance when the lorry they were travelling in near the Thai port town of Mahachai, near Bangkok, collided with a 10-wheel truck.

More than three million Burmese migrants are estimated to live in Thailand, the majority working in low-skilled industries such as fishing and construction where accidents are common.

The quasi-legal status many of them hold means they often struggle to claim compensation, although unlike many incidents, the employer of the four migrants killed yesterday reportedly visited the hospital where the injured had sought treatment.

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