NINETEEN people have been killed and 20 hurt in a head-on fiery crash between a double decker coach and a truck in central Thailand.
“Altogether there are 19 dead – 18 died at the scene and another one died at the hospital,” an official from the national institute for emergency medicine in Bangkok said.
She added that 20 people were injured in the early Tuesday morning crash in central Saraburi province.
The bus, which was travelling from Bangkok to Roi Et in the northeast of the country, caught fire after the crash.
Images from Thai television news showed the extent of the damage to the vehicle, which appeared to have been completely incinerated.
Police, who have arrested the driver of the truck, said the crash was a head-on collision involving three vehicles.
“The truck crossed from the opposite lane of traffic and hit the bus,” said local police officer Lieutenant Colonel Assavathep Janthanari, adding that a pick-up truck behind the bus had also been involved in the crash.
Details of the deceased have yet to be released