Thai rescue workers at the scene of Monday's fatal collision on a highway in Chonburi province, Thailand. Twenty-five people were killed
Thai rescue workers at the scene of Monday's fatal collision on a highway in Chonburi province, Thailand. Twenty-five people were killed STR

Tired driver blamed for 25 deaths

INITIAL investigations into a horrific collision in Thailand that killed 25 people have concluded the driver of one of the vehicles most likely fell asleep at the wheel - possibly because of overwork.

The 64-year-old driver, whose van was carrying 14 passengers, was near the end of his fifth 250km trip within 31 hours, a total of about 1200km, officials said.

Thai officials reported the van swerved onto the opposite side of the highway and crashed into a utility with 12 people on board.

Both vehicles caught fire, killing 14 of the 15 people in the van, including the driver. One passenger on the utility also survived.

The Governor of Chonburi, Phakkhrathon Thianchai, said skidmarks indicated the van driver had regained consciousness and tried to brake at speed, causing his vehicle to veer, cross a ditch and collide with the ute.

Police were yet to interview the two survivors.



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