Myanmar workers narrowly escape death in public van fire

Fourteen Myanmar migrant workers and a Thai van driver narrowly escaped death when their vehicle caught fire after a tyre burst and ran out of the road into a ditch on Monday morning (Apr 9).

The incident happened at 6.00am in Wang Chao district of Tak province as a chartered public van bearing Bangkok license plate “15-8690 กทม” was taking 14 Myanmar workers, 7 men and 7 women, from Bangkok back home via Mae Sot border.

The workers were allowed to return homes from today by their Thai employers to celebrate the Songkran festival.

One of its tyres burst , causing the van to lose balance and fall off the road into the ditch.

Nobody was in injured as the van did not flip over. But seconds after all the passengers left the van, it caught fire and engulfed the entire van.

The van was powered by NGV.