Tourists make lucky escape from burning train in Thailand

The Eastern and Oriental Express at Kanchanaburi station.

The Eastern and Oriental Express at Kanchanaburi station. Image by David Jones / CC BY 2.0

Around 160 tourists escaped harm after a luxury tourist train they were abroad in western Thailand caught fire on Sunday. The blaze broke out in the Eastern and Oriental Express shortly after the train left Kanchanaburi, a town famed for its world war two-era bridge. The driver disconnected the burning locomotive after spotting the flames, and the train resumed its journey to Malaysia after firefighters put out the blaze. Read more: theguardian.com

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