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Tough town endures its latest tragedy

With so many lost in the bus tragedy near Mae Sot, relatives are struggling to comprehend how safety standards were left to slip to such dangerous lows

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Mae Sot is a tough town. It has to be. Located on a remote part of the Thai-Myanmar border it has seen its share of armed conflict, battered refugees, natural disasters and other hurts. Last week the town was thrown into a maelstrom of grief after a bus carrying 53 of its villagers plunged over a cliff killing 30 and seriously injuring another 23. 

dangerous stretch: Trucks make moves to overtake on the Mae Sot-Tak Road, where more than 300 accidents occurred last year. photos: phil thornton

The 188 villagers were in a four-bus convoy on their way to a three-day field trip to Northeast Thailand and to neighbouring Laos.

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