A horrifying incident occurred in southern Thailand when a double-decker bus, en route from Bangkok to the far south, crashed into a tree, resulting in at least 14 fatalities and leaving 32 passengers injured.
The long-distance coach, operated by the state-owned Transport Company, was carrying 46 passengers from the Southern Bus Terminal to Nathawi district in Songkhla when the tragic accident unfolded around 1 am on Tuesday.
Authorities, including the police and Transport Company officials, are launching investigations to determine the cause of the crash.
Preliminary reports suggest that the driver's lack of sleep is being examined as a possible factor.
Thailand, grappling with one of the world's highest road fatality rates, faces ongoing challenges in ensuring road safety.
This is as approximately 20,000 people is losing their lives in traffic accidents annually, according to the World Health Organization.