At least 15 people, including 13 children, were killed when a bus carrying students on a trip to the seaside collided with a lorry in eastern Thailand on February 28.

The accident, which took place in Prachinburi province, also left more than 30 others injured with five in a critical condition.

The students, aged 10 to 14 years old, were heading to the resort city of Pattaya from the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima.

The police said 11 of them died at the scene, adding that the bus’s brakes may have failed or the driver might have fallen asleep.

A recent report by the World Health Organization said there are 38.1 road deaths per 100,000 people in Thailand , compared with an average of 18.5 in Southeast Asia as a whole.-VNA