BANGKOK : 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 Friday, police said.

The smash is the latest in a series of deadly accidents involving buses in Thailand, where roads are among the most dangerous in the world. Forty-seven others were injured in the pre-dawn accident in Prachinburi province involving a double-decker bus and an 18-wheel truck, the authorities said. The students, aged around 10 to 14 years old, were heading to the resort city of Pattaya from the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Twenty-three of those hurt are in hospital with injuries including broken arms and legs, the Public Health Ministry said. A row of bodies covered by sheets was seen laid out by the side of the wreckage of the bus, whose top deck was crushed on one side.