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Eleven people, including two children, were killed in a truck crash in Thailand

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At least 11 people, including two children, died in a passenger lorry crash in central Thailand during the Lunar New Year holiday, Thai police said Monday.

Traffic accidents are common in the kingdom, which has a poor road safety record, particularly during busy public holidays.

Police Colonel Yngios Poldig said the car carrying 12 people was heading from the northeastern province of Amnat Charoen to Bangkok when it veered off the expressway in the central Nakhon Ratchasima province on Saturday night.

One man managed to climb out of a window, but the other passengers were trapped and died in the fire, Yingios told AFP.

Survivor Tanachit King Kayo, a 20-year-old student, said he was asleep when he woke up after hearing someone scream.

“I woke up and the next thing I knew the truck was upside down,” he said. “I didn’t see what happened.”

“After the crash, flames began to engulf the entire truck, starting at the rear.”

“I started kicking in the windows and managed to crawl through a small hole,” he said.

Shortly after that, the truck exploded.

Nikhom Seyon, a volunteer with the local rescue team, said the truck exploded seconds after it caught fire.

“It took less than 30 seconds for the fire to engulf the entire truck,” he said.

“I couldn’t do anything with the fire extinguisher I had. Then the truck exploded three or four times.”

Police colonel Yingius said the truck used fuel and compressed gas, but initial reports found the gas tank was not leaking.

“We believe the fire was caused by the fuel,” he said, adding that they were still investigating the cause of the car’s derailment.

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