16 killed in car crash in Thailand's northeast

BANGKOK (AP) Police say at least 16 people have been killed when a pickup truck crashed into a tree on a rural road in Thailand's northeast.

Police Col. Suthee Setthawong says the pickup truck carrying a number of construction workers in the back slammed into a big tree next to a road in Ban Dan district in Buriram province on Monday.

He said that 10 men, including the 24-year-old Thai driver, and 6 women, were killed, while at least five others were injured. The truck was also badly damaged.

Police believe the driver fell asleep while driving, he said. Police found a tablet of methamphetamine in his pocket and a bottle of alcohol next to his seat.

Buriram is 300 kilometers (190 miles) northeast of Thailand's capital.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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