Songkran celebrations claim 335 lives in six days

Road accidents in six days of Songkran celebrations from April 11-16 claimed a total of 335 deaths and 3,506 injuries.

The Road Safety Centre under the Department of Public Disasters Prevention and Mitigation stated Monday that the fatalities were counted from 3,388 road accidents which happened in six days from April 11-16.

It said Chiang Mai topped the highest number of accumulated accidents at 153 and injuries at 160, while Nakhon Ratchasima led with the highest number of deaths at 17.

Only yesterday alone, 44 people were killed and 427 injured in 403 accidents. Drink driving remained the main cause of all road accidents or 37.72% , followed by speeding, 31.02%.

Motorcycles were accounted for 81.58% of all road accidents, while pickup trucks 8.37%.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)