Highway crash kills 25 in Thailand

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At least 25 people, some of them children, were killed in a road accident in eastern Thailand’s Chonburi province on Monday (January 2) after a passenger van swerved off the road, crossed the greenbelt and crashed into oncoming pickup truck.

The accident took place on a highway connecting Chonburi province with Bangkok. The van carrying 15 passengers was traveling on the Bangkok-bound lane before hitting the pickup track with 12 people on board.

After the collision both vehicles burst into flames.

Two people suffered injuries but their lives were not in danger, local officials said.

Colonel Pisit Proyrungroj from Chonburi Province Police said this was the second accident in the province recently with similar death toll.

Thailand has one of the world’s highest traffic related death toll rates, with most ocurring during long holidays.

At least 280 people have been killed in road accidents in Thailand in the four days between Saturday, December 30 and Monday, January 2 , compared with 253 fatalities in the same period last year.

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