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12:45 AM At the site of a deadly motorcycle accident. On the night shift: Bangkok's body collectors. Paid per casualty, private ambulance crews race through the Thai capital on a nightly hunt for the injured and deceased.
Every night in the Thai capital, dozens of private ambulance teams roam the streets and alleys of the sprawling mega-city of south-east Asia to collect the injured and the dead. The city has an average of four violent crimes and three fatal road accidents reported each hour of the night; there is no shortage of work.
Thailand does not have a state-run emergency system, and most hospitals lack rescue vehicles and emergency room resources. For the most part, the ambulance teams are funded by private foundations, based in Bangkok's Chinatown, which operate on donations. The main ambulance squads, such as the Poh Teck Tung Foundation and Ruam Katanyu Foundation, are in fierce competition.
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