At least 20 people die after train collides with bus in Thailand
A train has collided with a tour bus in Thailand killing at least 20 people and injuring 30 others, officials have said.
The bus, with 65 passengers on board, was crossing a railway track at around 8am local time in Chacheongsao, 50 miles (80km) east of Bangkok, when the train hit it.
It was travelling from Samut Prakan province to a Buddhist temple in Chachoengsao.
District chief officer Prathueng Yookassem told Thailand’s PBS TV: “It was raining, perhaps, the driver did not see the train.”
Images and footage from the scene showed both vehicles had overturned on to their sides and were badly damaged.
Metal debris and people’s belongings could be seen strewn across the railway tracks.
Rescue workers could be seen helping the injured to safety. They were taken to two hospitals for treatment.
Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
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Children among 40 people injured after train and school bus collide near Palmerston North #Train #Bus #Collision #NewZealand
Forty people have been injured after a Feilding High School bus was hit by a train near Palmerston North this morning.
Six students were taken to Palmerston North Hospital with moderate to minor injuries.
Emergency services were alerted to the serious crash just after 8am at the intersection of Railway Road and Clevely Line in Bunnythorpe.
St John said it assessed 40 patients at the scene, whose conditions varied from moderate to minor.
A resident near the crash site said it appeared the front of the school bus was hit by the train and that there were children with minor injuries.
Police were also at the scene and said no children were seriously injured, but some were being treated for minor injuries.
The number of children on the bus was being counted and senior staff from Feilding High School had been at the scene.
Four ambulances and a rapid response team were sent to the scene.
Parents who wanted to collect their children were asked to make themselves known to an officer at the scene.
KiwiRail chief executive Greg Miller said the company was shocked to learn of this morning’s collision, and had sent staff to work with emergency services.
The level crossing on Cleverly Line is protected by flashing lights and bells.
The train driver is physically unharmed but shaken by the incident and was being supported by staff on site, Miller said.
The North Island main trunk line is closed between Marton and Palmerston North.
Diversions were in place and motorists were asked to avoid the area.
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Two killed, 37 injured after high-speed train crash in Portugal #TrainCrash #Portugal
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A crash between a high-speed train and a maintenance machine in central Portugal killed two people and injured at least 37 today, the national relief operations authority CNOS said.
A spokesman for CNOS said two medical helicopters, as well as more than 160 rescue personnel, including firefighters, were at the scene.
There were 212 passengers on board the Alfa Pendular train, the country’s fastest, the spokesman said, adding that among those injured, 30 had minor injuries and seven were seriously hurt.
The crash happened in the town of Soure, around 30km (18 miles) from the central city of Coimbra.
The town’s mayor Mario Nunes said the two dead were working on the rail tracks when the crash took place.
The train driver was among seven people with serious injuries and was rushed to hospital, SIC Television reported.
A spokeswoman for the District Command of Relief Operations in Coimbra said more emergency services were on their way to the scene, where a field hospital was set up.
In a note shared on its official website, Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he “regrets the serious rail accident” and sent “heartfelt condolences” to the victims’ relatives and friends.
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