Songkran toll: 161 killed, 1,640 injured

Fifty-nine people were killed and 747 injured in 689 accidents on April 13, the third of the "seven dangerous days" (April 11-17) of the Songkran festival, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported on Monday.

Sunday's figures brought the number of people killed and injured in the first three days, April 11-13, to 161 dead and 1,640 hurt in 1,539 accidents.

Nakhon Ratchasima had the largest number of fatalities at 10.

The highest number of accidents, 64, and the highest number of injuries, 69, was recorded in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

The greatest number of the accidents were caused by drunk driving (42.38%), followed by speeding (23.95%). The great majority, 76.35%, of the accidents involved motorcycles, followed by 14.81% for pickup trucks.

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