DANGEROUS BUSES * Thailand - 30 passengers evacuated in bus fire
Khon Kaen accident echoes Saraburi tragedy that left 30 dead, 23 injured
Bangkok,Thailand -Nation Multimedia -23 Mar 2007: -- All 30 passengers escaped unhurt after their bus caught fire in Khon Kaen yesterday, just days after a similar incident on a Bangkok-bound coach in Saraburi left 30 passengers dead and dozens injured... The bus, travelling from Nakhon Ratchasima to Udon Thani, was passing through Khon Kaen's Ban Had sub-district on the Mitraparp Highway at 3.30pm when its engine caught fire. Fearing a repeat of the Saraburi mishap, the driver promptly pulled over and evacuated all the passengers safely... Meanwhile, the president of the Private Bus Operators' Association, Sujinda Cherdchai, has objected to the Land Transport Department's proposal to retire buses after 10 years of use and to have them undergo checks every two years, which were made amid claims that the Saraburi accident was caused by mechanical problems arising from the bus's age...
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