Seven Shan migrants killed in Thai train collision

Seven Shan migrants killed in Thai train collision

Seven Shan migrant workers from Burma were killed when a truck carrying them collided with a train in northern Thailand on Tuesday evening, Thai-language news agency Khao Sod reported.

The deputy-superintendent of Saraphi police station, just southeast of Chiang Mai, told reporters the accident took place behind Saraphi hospital. He said the bodies of five men and two women were found at the scene, adding that an unidentified man with serious injuries was taken to the hospital.

According to witness accounts cited in the report, the driver of the truck drove across the rail tracks apparently unaware of the oncoming train due to poor visibility in heavy rain.

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All occupants in the truck, including passengers and the driver were ethnic Shan migrant workers carrying migrant labour or hilltribe ID cards. They were working on a construction site at nearby Wat Pak Kong monastery.

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