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Nine Cambodians killed when minibus crashes in eastern Thailand

Published on Apr 11, 2014 1:27 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - Nine Cambodians were killed on Friday when a minibus carrying migrant workers returning home for the Buddhist New Year crashed and burst into flames in eastern Thailand, the police said.

The smash was the first major accident of Thailand's Songkran holidays, which bring carnage to the roads each year despite regular safety campaigns.

The minibus left the road on a sharp curve in Chanthaburi province in the early morning and smashed into a tree, local police officer Major-General Chatchai Chaipetch said by telephone. "Nine people, all of them believed to be Cambodians, were killed at the scene and more than 10 were hospitalised," he said.

A local rescue worker said 14 people were rushed to hospital, including three who were in critical condition.

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