New Year holiday road toll hits 367
ROAD accidents across Thailand over five days of New Year holidays from December 29, 2016 till January 2, 2017 have soared to 3,157 and claimed 367 lives with 3,342 being injured, Thai News Agency quoted the Road Safety Directing Center as saying today.
As expected the main cause was drunk driving, accounting for 37.53% of the accidents, followed by speeding totaling 33.03% of the cases.
Meanwhile the bodies of 25 people who died in a shocking collision in Chonburi yesterday (Jan 2) whereby a van zoomed across the grass median and crashed into a pickup truck on the opposite side and triggered a big fire which engulfed both vehicles have been moved to the Police Hospital’s Forensics Department.
Only two people survived this collision with minor injuries with one being a woman sitting at the rear of the pickup truck’s cargo bay and a man also seated at the back of the van.
The Forensics Department said that they are currently working on identifying the bodies which had been burnt in the collision but hope to finish the work today. The department’s doctors will compare the DNA of relatives with the bodies to ensure accuracy.
Top: In this image made from video a man watches as two vehicles burn after they collided on a highway in Chonburi yesterday (Jan. 2), killing 25 people. Photo: Matichon TV via AP and Inquirer.net