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16 Dead in Buriram Horror Smash

BURIRAM: -- 16 people were killed on Monday morning when the driver of a pickup truck fell asleep at the wheel before smashing into a tree on a rural road in Buriram’s Ban Dan district, police have said.


Local Police Col. Suthee Setthawong explained how the pickup truck in question had been carrying a group of construction workers when the vehicle crashed.

Col Setthawong went on to say that ten of the victims were men, including the driver a 24 year old Thai national, and 6 other victims were women. A further 5 passengers were also injured.

Initial investigations carried out by police at the scene suggest that the driver had fallen asleep. Police also said that they found a methamphetamine tablet in the pocket of the driver and a bottle of alcohol next to his car seat.

Buriram is in the north east of Thailand and is located approximately 300 kilometers from Bangkok.

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-- 2013-10-07

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Believe it is being reported on TV as at least 18 dead now.

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This is quite common in undeveloped country like Thailand !!!

Sorry I don't think its common AT ALL!

It might not be unusual but it certainly is not common.

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Sad for sure but I won't put this down to drunken drugged up driving etc as I don't know, just sad.

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I think the problem here is the tolerant mindset that they are doing the best they can. If they need to put 20 people in one pickup truck then

so be it, it's the best they can do. Why they tolerate this and not other things is just bizarre.

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MONDAY ACCIDENT
At least 16 people killed in a car accident in Buri Ram Monday


BANGKOK: -- At least 16 people, most of them Lao nationals, were killed when a pickup truck crashed into a tree in Buri Ram's Ban Dan district on Monday.

The pickup truck was carrying 24 passengers, who were construction workers, in the back when it skidded off the road and hit a roadside tree.

The victims comprised of 10 men, including the driver and 6 women, were killed. The rest were injured and taken for hospital treatment.

"The accident happened on a straight stretch of the road and there was no rain. No other cars were involved. At this point, it’s likely he was falling asleep while the car was traveling at high speed," Pol Col Suthee Setthawong told the Associated Press in a telephone interview.

Police also found a tablet of methamphetamine in the driver’s pocket and a bottle of alcohol next to his seat, Suthee said.

Police said they were working to identify the construction workers, as well as their nationalities.

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-- The Nation 2013-10-07

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16 dead in Thai road smash: police

BANGKOK, October 7, 2013 (AFP) - 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 Colonel Suthee Seatthawong, commander of the local police station in Buriram province.

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

Police told AFP that 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 Monday.

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

Deadly road accidents are a common occurence in Thailand.

A recent report by the World Health Organisation said the country saw some 38.1 road deaths per 100,000 of population, compared to an average of 18.5 in Southeast Asia and 3 in Sweden.

In July at least 19 people were killed when a double-decker coach collided with a truck in central Thailand and burst into flames.

In April at least five people were killed, including a seven-month-old baby, and 53 were injured when a Thai tour bus plummeted off a hillside in the northern province of Phitsanulok after its brakes failed.

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-- (c) Copyright AFP 2013-10-07

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