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Myawaddy governor inspects bus inferno scene

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The governor of Myawaddy on Saturday morning (March 31) inspected the bus inferno scene that killed  20 Myanmar migrant workers on Highway 12 from Mae Sot to Tak province.

Governor Lui Go U was escorted by Tak governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat and Taksin hospital director Dr Charun Wiwatkunupakarn.

He was told by the hospital director that two Myanmar workers still remained at hospital, while another has been discharged after having recovered from minor injuries.

The bodies of the 20 killed workers were sent to Buddhachinaraj Hospital and Naresuan University hospitals in Phitsanulok province for identification.

The hospital director told the Myawaddy governor that definite identification will take some time as all the corpses have been burned beyond physical recognition and will require taking DNA samples to be compared to living relatives.

Police have not yet determined the cause of the March 30 bus fire.

Bunthoon Vithoon, 48, the bus driver, said he smelled cigarette smoke about 5 minutes before the fire broke  out.

However, police are also considering other factors which include driver’s negligence.

The tragedy took place at about 1.40am of March 30 when the non air-conditioned bus was taking 48 Myanmar workers, mostly women, from Myawaddy province of Myanmar to work in Navanakorn Industrial Estate in Pathum Thani province.

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