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25 people killed as van and truck collide in Thailand

Two people survived the crash.

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A VAN AND a pickup truck collided and caught fire on a motorway in eastern Thailand today, killing 25 people, authorities have said.

The van driver lost control and crossed the grass median, colliding with a pickup truck going in the opposite direction this afternoon, according to Thai Road Accident Data for Road Safety Culture, which compiles electronic insurance reports.

Twenty five people were killed and two survived the crash, Colonel Dusadee Kunchorn Na Ayutthaya, superintendent of the Ban Bueng district police station in Chonburi province, said.

“An accident like this shouldn’t happen but it did,” Dusadee said. Both drivers were killed.

Police have not yet been able to interview the survivors but were investigating to determine what caused the crash.

Thailand has one of the highest traffic fatality rates in the world.

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