Van carrying migrants crashes and catches fire, leaving 4 dead

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A van carrying migrant workers fled from police before crashing and catching fire in Thailand’s central Ayutthaya province, resulting in four deaths. Authorities are currently investigating the accident and searching for any additional injuries or casualties.

The accident occurred at around 1am this morning on Highway 3543 near Chiang Rak Noi School in Bang Pa-in district. A van transporting migrant workers reportedly lost control, flipped over, and burst into flames in the middle of the road. The incident took place while the vehicle was attempting to evade police.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers found the severely damaged van engulfed in flames. Initially, four casualties were reported, and authorities are now conducting further investigations to determine if there were any more injured or deceased individuals.

As the incident unfolds, more details will be made available to the public.

In Thailand, there have been a few crashes that have killed migrant workers.

In April, a terrible crash on Motorway Route 7 in Chon Buri killed four people, when a van carrying migrant workers rear-ended a trailer truck. One of the workers killed was a pregnant woman. Nine people were injured, including five people with serious injuries.

Last year, there was a similar incident happening in Tak, province. A bus full of Burmese workers overturned in the Tak provinces, killing three and injuring 44 more. The bus was transporting Burmese migrant workers from the northern province across the country to work in the southern province of Songkhla.

The accident took place yesterday evening in the main city district. Emergency responders raced to the accident along the Tak – Mae Sot Road. The accident took place in an area where many crashes have occurred in the past. The road is fairly steep in that area and takes a dangerous curve right where the bus seemed to lose control.


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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.