Thailand bus crash: 29 dead after bus falls off bridge

The bus was badly damaged in the incident

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A bus in Thailand crashed off a high bridge in the country's north, killing 29 people on board, police said.

The bus plunged off Khun Pha Muang bridge, which is around 50m (165 ft) high, late on Thursday, police said.

Reports say there were between 33 and 40 people on board. Several survivors are said to be seriously injured.

Traffic accidents are common in Thailand. In July, 19 people were killed in a collision between a bus and a lorry in central Thailand.

The World Health Organisation says that Thailand has a "much higher" rate of deaths from traffic accidents than most other countries in South East Asia.

Poor safety standards and busy roads are thought to be a factor.

The bus was travelling through the northern province of Phetchabun when it plunged off the bridge, police said.

Khun Pha Muang is described as a bridge with some of the highest pillars in Thailand.

"We believe the bus driver fell asleep," local police commander Sukit Samana told the Agence France-Presse news agency.

No foreigners were believed to have been on board, AFP reported.

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