Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Death toll on 5th day of Songkran stands at 255

BANGKOK, 16 April 2013 (NNT) - The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department has disclosed that the number of road casualties on the first five days of Songkran reaches 2, 290.

So far, 255 motorists have been killed and 2,439 injured. The number is higher than that of the same period last year.

The agency reported that on the fifth day alone, there have been 393 road accidents with 37 killed and 419 injured.

Chiang Mai has overtaken Nakorn Si Thammarat at seeing the highest number of accidents at 86. Prachuap Khiri Khan and Kanchaburi saw a record death toll of 11 each. The most accident-free provinces meanwhile include Chonburi, Trat, Nonthaburi and Phuket.

Nearly 40 percent of the accidents were caused by drunk driving, followed by speeding.