Thirteen Burmese people killed in Thai van crash says police

Vastavam web: Thirteen Burmese people were killed today when their van collided with a truck in central Thailand and burst into flames, police said, the latest gruesome accident on the kingdom’s notoriously dangerous roads.The van was travelling from the border town of Mae Sot, a common entry point for Myanmar migrant workers, to Bangkok when it crashed into the 10-wheeler in Singburi province early this morning, said a local police officer.

Around 24,000 people die on the kingdom’s roads each year, a figure well above the relatively prosperous country’s neighbours, according to data from the World Health Organisation.While more than half of accidents involve motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians, bus crashes involving migrant workers and other travellers are also common.