Road Accident Kills 25 People in Thailand

Bangkok, At least 25 people were killed today in a horrific accident when two vehicles collided and caught fire on a highway in eastern Thailand, police said.

A pickup truck heading to Klaeng district in Rayong with 12 passengers in the cab and the open cargo area crashed with a van coming from the opposite direction, resulting in a fire on the two vehicles in the eastern province of Chonburi, The Bangkok Post reported.

The van was carrying 15 passengers from Chanthaburi to Bangkok when the accident took place this afternoon. Police said 11 people in the truck and 14 people in the van, including the three-year-old boy, died.

The blast might have been caused by the compressed natural gas cylinder in the van, they added.

The clash claimed the most lives during the New Year holidays, which killed 280 people since the government started the road safety campaign on Thursday, the report said.

Source: Qatar News Agency