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33 die on Thailand's first 'Dangerous Day'

Dec. 28, 2012 at 4:01 PM   |   Comments

BANGKOK, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Traffic accidents killed 33 people and injured 322 on the first of Thailand's "Seven Dangerous Days," the transport minister said.

The "Seven Dangerous Days" is a government campaign to prevent accidents during Thailand's New Year holiday, which runs from Dec. 27 to Jan. 3.

Drunk driving was the main cause of the accidents, Transport Minister Chatchart Suthipan said.

In one incident in Phuket province, in which there were no injuries, the driver of a bus carrying 22 Russian tourists lost control going down a hill, and crashed into 20 cars and five motorcycles, the Bangkok Post reported.

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