Thai road smash kills 12 travelling to funeral

Twelve mourners were killed when their packed pickup truck collided with a passenger bus as they travelled to the funeral of a relative.

Updated: Dec 31, 2011, 13:18 PM IST

Bangkok: Twelve mourners were killed when
their packed pickup truck collided with a passenger bus as
they travelled to the funeral of a relative in northeastern
Thailand, police said on Saturday.

Ten women and two men, many of whom were sitting in the
open-top rear of the truck, were killed instantly in the smash
in Buriram province. Four other people were injured.

Colonel Pongsak Suk-im, commander of the local Nangrong
district police, told a news agency that the early morning collision
happened when the truck pulled onto a main road in front of a
long-distance bus from Bangkok.

The accident came during the most dangerous week of the
year on Thailand`s roads.

Annual fatalities from vehicle crashes during the New Year
period regularly run into the hundreds, due to a combination
of the large number of people on the roads and drunk driving.

Almost 100 people have already died and more than a
thousand have been injured in accidents in the past two days,
according to the interior ministry.

PTI