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Wedding bus burns, passengers unharmed in Chai Nat

Jack Burton

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A chartered bus from a wedding was gutted by fire on Sunday in central Chai Nat Province. All 46 bus passengers escaped unharmed, according to police. The bus caught fire on the highway in Chai Nat, forcing all the passengers and the driver to urgently evacuate.

One passenger told Thai media the bus had taken the groom and guests to the bride’s hometown in Phitsanulok province. But on the return trip, smoke started coming out of the bus’s air conditioning vents. Fire then followed, forcing the bus driver to pull over and evacuate his passengers.

It took firefighters from Chai Nat and Nakhon Sawan provinces 45 minutes to put out the blaze that completely engulfed the vehicle.

The driver says the fire might have started from the malfunctioning cooling panel. He said the company would take full responsibility for the damage. But police and forensic experts are investigating the cause of the blaze and plan to press charges against the driver.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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