The incinerator bus was first successfully tested on a Bangkok expressway in June. As reported by Private Tye at that time, the incinerator bus is designed to incinerate passengers without disrupting passing traffic. It does this by using highly inflammable material for seats and carpets. When the incinerator bus burns there are no petrol explosions that might injure passing motorcyclists or nearby property.
Known as “the self-propelled crematorium” the incinerator bus was intended for the transportation of illegal migrant workers. Large numbers have been produced by the Thai automobile industry. They are intended primarily for export and manufacturers are looking forward to large orders from the USA when Trump becomes President. But its not just the USA, a manufacturer's spokesman told us, we are hoping for orders from The French and British Governments who need to empty the “Calais Jungle”.
It is not clear why the bus pictured above, was being used to transport Thai factory workers. Its possible they were going to be laid off and the factory wanted to avoid severance pay.
The story from Thai Visa Forum:
RAYONG: -- A bus travelling in the ban Chang area of Rayong burst into flames yesterday as ten employees on their way to work fled just in time.
Driver Chainarong Ratmanee, 44, had smelled smoke and stopped, advising everyone to get off the six wheeler, reported Thairath.
It was just in time - fire spread rapidly from the back into the passenger compartment and gutted the vehicle. Fire services took 30 minutes to quell the flames but by this time the bus was a blackened shell.
The workers were going to the C Wan company around 7am Thursday along route 337 in the Samnak Thon sub-district. Police and fire investigators are probing the blaze but initial thoughts suggest a faulty compressor was to blame.