2 Vietnamese killed, 14 injured in Thailand car crash

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Two Vietnamese died and 14 others were injured when a car crashed into a truck in Thailand early Sunday.

The accident happened at 5 a.m. when a car carrying 16 Vietnamese nationals rear ended a truck on a road in Wang Chan District, Rayong Province, more than 140 kilometers southeast of Bangkok.

Phan Cong Dung, 47, died on the spot. Nguyen Xuan Quoc, 27, died after being taken to hospital.

The Thai driver of the bus, who has yet to be identified, also died in the accident.

The injured victims are being treated at a local hospital.

Samrith Odthon, the district's police chief, told Thanh Nien the Vietnamese nationals were on their way from Bangkok to Chanthaburi Province on the Cambodian border in a hired car in order to renew their visas.

Initial investigations showed the bus driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle.

The Vietnamese nationals, mostly hailing from the north-central province of Ha Tinh, entered Thailand on travel visas and stayed in the country, working various jobs.

When their 30-day visas expire, Vietnamese workers usually renew their visas by traveling through border gates between Thailand and Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar, returning with new visas that allow them to stay in Thailand for another 30 days, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

It costs workers US$23-25 to renew their visas at border gates.

Last month, a Vietnamese worker also died in an accident while on a visa run, according to VNA.

No official statistics about the increasing number of Vietnamese workers in Thailand have been released as the two countries have yet to sign an official labor agreement.

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