Thirteen Cambodian migrant workers returning to their homelands were hospitalised after a violent crash with a pickup truck in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province on Sunday.
According to a National Police statement, 20 migrant workers were returning to Cambodia from Thailand when the bus they were in was hit by a pickup truck, sending the bus careering into an electricity pole.
Thirteen of the workers were injured and hospitalised at Watthana Nakhon district hospital, while the remaining seven escaped unscathed.
The police statement said the bus driver claimed the pickup truck appeared suddenly around a bend in the road and hit him head-on.
Thai police blamed exhaustion on the part of the pickup driver for the crash.
Following the announcement last month of a royal decree on controlling the presence of foreigners in the Thailand, there has been an exodus of Cambodian migrant workers.
According to Poipet immigration police reports, 14,332 undocumented Cambodian migrant workers were deported in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 11,239 in the first quarter of 2016.