Forty three more die on third day

The third day of the Songkran festival Tuesday claimed another 43 people, raising total death toll in the first three days of the seven dangerous days to 204 deaths and 2,142 injuries.

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said a total 488 accident cases were reported on April 15, with 43 deaths and 502 injuries.

It said that since the start of the festival from April 13-15,  2,027 accidents were reported and a total of 204 people died and 2,142 injured.

Drunk driving remained the cause of most accidents, followed by speeding. Vehicles involved in most accidents were motorcycles and pickup trucks, it added.