A bus carrying worshippers home from a temple at the end of Buddhist Lent plunged into a ravine in northern Thailand, killing 22 passengers, police said on Thursday.

The bus driver lost control of the vehicle before it fell about 30 metres into the ravine on a curvy rural road in Wang Nuea district in Lampang province on Wednesday, police Col. Somdet Tossaporn said. The driver was among 16 people injured.

Most of those killed were women.

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

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