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3 Hong Kong tourists killed, 3 injured in Thai road accident

June 8, 2015

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai driver and three Hong Kong tourists were killed, and three others were injured in a road accident on a highway in western Thailand, police said Monday.

The passenger van carrying 6 tourists from Hong Kong lost control and flipped over while driving on a highway in Cha-am district in Petchaburi province, police Lt. Sayumphu Sitthikul said.

He said police were investigating why the car braked suddenly, skidded across the road and slammed into trees by a storm drain in the middle of the road on Sunday evening.

Sayumphu said the tourists were related and were on their way to Thailand’s southern province of Chumporn before the van crashed.

He said the injured passengers were sent to a provincial hospital in Petchaburi, which is 100 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of Bangkok.

Road accidents are common in Thailand, where safety standards are poor and road rules are weakly enforced.

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