11 Teacher die in Thailand road accident


BANGKOK : Eleven teachers were killed and four seriously injured Friday night when a van crashed into a concrete barrier and burst into flames on the Chonburi-Bangkok motorway in Chonburi city. The accident took place on Friday evening as the teachers and other school staff travelled back to Bangkok from a seminar in Rayong province.

"The van's tyre burst and it turned over before catching on fire," an official from Thailand's Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department told AFP. Only four women, including the driver who was a staff member of the school administration, survived the accident. They were able to get out of the minibus after breaking the window glass just when the fire was starting. The survivors have been taken to the hospital in Chonburi Province, where the accident took place.