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Truck carrying construction workers crashes in Thailand; 18 dead

Oct. 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM

BURI RAM, Thailand, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A truck carrying construction workers crashed Monday in Thailand, killing at least 18 people. Police said the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Fifteen people died at the scene, including the driver, Chavalit Thavornkham, 24, the Bangkok Post reported.

Three others died at Buri Ram hosital. Other truck passengers were injured.

Investigators said the truck ran off a road and struck a tree.

Police Col. Suthee Setthawong said many of the passengers had no identification on them. He said he believed many of them came from Laos.

Investigators said they suspect Thavornkham fell asleep and lost control of the truck. They found a methamphetamine tablet in his clothing and a bottle of alcohol in the driver's side door pocket.

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