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Bus crash kills 21 on temple visit in Thailand

Bus falls into ravine after taking Buddhist worshippers to Thai temple, 21 passengers killed

Bus crash kills 21 on temple visit in Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) -- Police say 21 passengers were killed when a tour bus returning from a Buddhist temple visit plunged into a mountain ravine in northern Thailand.

Police Col. Somdet Tossaporn says the bus driver lost control of the vehicle before it fell about 30 meters (98 feet) into the ravine on a curvy rural road in Wang Nuea district in Lampang province on Wednesday. The driver was among 18 people injured.

The passengers were Buddhist worshippers on a merit-making trip to the temple. Most of those killed were women.

Somdet said the driver is facing charges of causing deaths by reckless driving. The charges carry a maximum jail term of 10 years.