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Songkran toll: 248 killed, 2,643 injured

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Forty-four people were killed and 501 injured in 454 accidents on Tuesday, the fifth of the "seven dangerous days" (April 11-17) of the Songkran festival, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported on Wednesday. 

The greatest number of the accidents on Tuesday were caused by drunk driving (35.46%), followed by speeding (24.89%). The majority (79.4%) of the accidents involved motorcycles.

Tuesday's figures brought the number of people killed and injured in the first five days, April 11-15, to 248, down 3.31% from the same period of last year, and 2,643 (up 8.36%) respectively in 2,481 accidents (up 8.34%).

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