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Truck and buses collide in northeastern Thailand; 16 die

April 21, 1997

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ A truck went out of control and collided with two buses Monday in northeastern Thailand. At least 16 people died and 88 were injured.

The driver of the 10-wheel refrigerated truck, which was carrying fish, fled the scene, police Capt. Itthipol Nakkam said. He said the driver may have fallen asleep.

Early Monday, the truck collided with the back of a passenger bus traveling from Bangkok to Roi-et in the northeast. It jumped across a canal that divided the road and hit an oncoming bus, Itthipol said.

A nurse at Maharaj Hospital in Nakhon Ratchasima province said many of the injured were in serious condition, with broken limbs and in some cases broken necks.

Crashes with high death tolls are common on country roads in Thailand, often because of unsafe driving.

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