16 killed in car crash in Thailand's north-east
BANGKOK (AP) - At least 16 people, most of them construction workers, were killed when a pickup truck crashed into a tree on a rural road in Thailand's north-east on Monday, police said.
The pickup truck was carrying a number of construction workers in the back when it hit the tree next to a road in Ban Dan district in Buriram province, 300 kilometres north-east of Bangkok, police Col. Suthee Setthawong said.
He said that 10 men, including the 24-year-old driver, and 6 women, were killed, while at least five others 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," Suthee told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.