Thailand bus crash kills 30 people

In this photo taken Monday, 24 March 2014, Thai charity workers and onlookers stand next to bodies of victims of a road accident, wrapped in white cloths, foreground, in Mae Sot, northern Thailand An official said that the road was a known accident risk area

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A bus crash in northern Thailand has killed at least 30 people and injured 22 others, Thai authorities say.

The fatal accident took place in Tak province on Monday night.

Thai police said the bus was trying to overtake cars on a winding mountain road when it skidded and plunged into a ravine.

The double-decker bus was carrying local government workers who were on a field trip. A child was also believed to be among the injured.

The bus driver, who survived the accident with a broken rib, said his brakes had stopped working, Thai police said.

The route is often frequented by buses and trucks travelling along the Thai border with Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

"Accidents happen on this road very often,'' Thai Provincial Governor Suriya Prasatbunditya told the Associated Press news agency. "We've put warning signs up to caution road users but the accidents keep happening.''

Traffic accidents are common in Thailand, with poor safety standards and busy roads thought to be a factor.

In February, 15 people died after a bus travelling to the seaside town of Pattaya crashed into a truck.

In a separate accident, 29 people died after a bus travelling through the northern province of Phetchabun plunged off Khun Pha Muang bridge.

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