Karen state bus-car crash kills 18

Karen state bus-car crash kills 18

Bus was en route to Thailand with 45 migrant workers

YANGON: Eighteen people were killed after a bus filled with migrant workers collided with a car on a highway in Myawaddy Township in Karen state of Myanmar on Friday morning, according to local news reports.

The express bus, carrying 45 people who were traveling to Thailand in search of work, crashed into a Toyota Probox car carrying seven people and then fell into a ravine along the Asia Highway between Myawaddy and Kawkareik, not far from the Thai border, The Irrawaddy website reported.

The Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation said all seven passengers including the driver from the Toyota and 11 passengers from the bus were killed on the spot.

Of the 34 surviving bus passengers, 27 were in serious condition, U Thant Zin Aung, a Karen State parliamentarian for Myawaddy constituency, told The Irrawaddy.

In April 2017, an express vehicle carrying Myanmar migrant workers also fell headlong into the same ravine along the Asia Highway, killing 20 people.

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