16 dead in Thai road smash


BANGKOK: A pregnant woman was among 16 people killed when the truck they were travelling in slammed into a tree in northeastern Thailand, police said, the latest major accident on the kingdom’s deadly roads.

“The truck crashed into a tree—15 passengers died at the scene and one died later at the hospital,” said police Col. Suthee Seatthawong, commander of the local police station in Buriram province.

The remaining eight passengers—who are believed to be manual laborers returning to their rural homes after working in the capital Bangkok—were all seriously injured.

Police said the 24-year-old driver, who was among the dead, may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

“We found one tablet of amphetamine in his bag and a partially drunk bottle of whisky,” Suthee said, adding that road conditions had been good at the time of the crash early on Monday.

All those killed, including the pregnant woman, were in their 20s, police said.



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