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Police say that at least twenty people have died and another sixteen were injured when a bus plunged into a deep ravine in northern Thailand.
The passengers on the bus were elderly Buddhist devotees who were returning from a religious ceremony when the accident occurred. Police Colonel Somdet Tosporn told AFP by telephone from Lampang province that “The bus fell into a ravine about 10 metres (33 feet) deep,” he said. “I can’t confirm the cause but the road is curvy.”
It is believed that there were no foreigners on the bus.
Road accidents are becoming common place 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 as a whole.
Sixteen other people were killed when a truck hit a tree this month, in July a double decker bus accident killed another nineteen and fie more were killed when another bus plummeted off a hillside when its brakes failed.