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At least seven people including six Burmese illegal migrant workers were killed in Thailand on Wednesday after their pickup plunged into a canal trying to avoid a police checkpoint, police said.
The accident occurred in Ban Phreak district of Ayutthaya province, about 75 kilometres north of Bangkok.
Two men, including the Thai driver, and five women were killed and 12 other people were injured when the driver attempted to avoid a checkpoint by diverting onto a secondary road.
“The driver lost control on a sharp curve and the car plunged into an irrigation canal,” Colonel Patcharakorn Chanwongsa, superintendent of Ban Phreak police station, told AFP.
“One of the 12 injured is in critical condition,” he said.
Patcharakorn said police knew they were Burmese illegal migrants after survivors told them.
There are around two million Burmese migrants in Thailand- both legal and illegal – many of whom fled ethnic conflict zones.
Thailand’s economy relies on migrant workers from its poorer neighbours, including Burma, Cambodia and Laos.