Songkran death toll reaches 226

A Mazda sedan is split in two after hitting a roadside power pole in Muang district of Phitsanulok province on Friday night. Driver Ronnakorn Jaenrungroj, 21, was killed on the spot. (Photo by Chinnawat Singha)

The fourth day of the "seven dangerous days" of Songkran ended with 57 people killed in road accidents across the country on Friday, bringing total deaths so far to 226, a decrease of 12.7% from the same period last year.

On Friday alone, 642 road accidents were reported, with 664 people injured in addition to the 57 who lost their lives, said Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith at the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation on Saturday.

Udon Thani recorded the highest number of road accidents on Friday, at 32. Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen and Phetchabun each recorded four deaths. Chiang Mai and Udon Thani had the highest number of injuries, at 32 each. 

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