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At least 16 killed in fatal bus-truck collision in Wang Nam Khiao district

At least 16 people were killed and more than 30 others were injured in a collision between a tour bus and an 18-wheel trailer truck on Nakhon Ratchasima-Kabin Buri road in Wang Nam Khiao district of Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday night (March 21).

Initial report from rescue workers said that the double-decker was carrying about 50 passengers for sight-seeing trip in Chanthaburi and it was heading back home in Kalasin, but as the driver was negotiating with a downhill curve, he lost control of the bus causing it to jump over the lane into the opposite lane and collided with a trailer truck coming from the direction of Kabin Buri district.

The impact of the collision sent both vehicles to plunge into the roadside ditch.

Rescue workers said there were about 50 passengers in the bus and many of them were trapped inside the wreckage.

Both the dead and the injured were taken to Wang Nam Khiao, Pak Thongchai, Suranaree Technology University, Krungthep Ratchasima and Nakhon Ratchasima Maharaj hospitals for treatment.

Initial death toll was put at 16, including ten women and six men, with more than 30 injured, many of them seriously.

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