Bangkok - A tour bus carrying elderly Buddhist devotees
plunged into a ravine in northern Thailand on Wednesday, leaving at least 20
people dead and 16 injured, police said.
The victims were returning from a religious ceremony when
the vehicle left the road, police spokesperson Somdet Tosporn told AFP by
telephone from Lampang province.
"The bus fell into a ravine about 10m deep," he
said. "I can't confirm the cause but the road is curvy."
No foreigners were believed to be on board.
Deadly road accidents are common in Thailand.
A recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
said the country saw some 38.1 road deaths per 100 000 of population, compared
to an average of 18.5 in Southeast Asia as a whole.
Earlier this month 16 people, including a pregnant woman,
were killed when the truck they were travelling in slammed into a tree in
In July at least 19 people were killed when a
double-decker coach collided with a truck in central Thailand and burst into
In April at least five people were killed, including a 7-month-old
baby, and 53 were injured when a Thai tour bus plummeted off a hillside in the
northern province of Phitsanulok after its brakes failed.