SING BURI – Thirteen passengers and a Thai driver were killed after being trapped inside a van engulfed in flames following a car crash in central Thailand early Friday morning.
Police and rescue workers were dispatched to the scene after Sing Buri city police had been alerted to a crash on the Asian Highway km 90+600, which leads to Bangkok, at 2.30am.
Upon arrival, the charred wreckage of the van was about 10 meters away from a 10-wheeled lorry loaded with rice. The lorry was parked in the middle of the road. The back of the vehicle also bears a scratch due to the accident.
Rescue workers then retrieved the charred bodies of the 14 victims from the van, which also bear the name of its company, “Boon Ruean Tour Co Ltd”.
An initial investigation indicated only that the 13 Myanmar migrants boarded the van driven by a Thai man from Mae Sot district in Tak to Bangkok.
Police have yet to identify the bodies as the bodies were badly damaged by fire.
Soonthorn Fakthong, a 55-year-old lorry driver, said he was on his way to deliver rice to Saraburi. While approaching the scene, his vehicle was suddenly rear-ended by the van, resulting in a blaze which destroyed the van. He then called the police to seek help.
All bodies were taken to the Institute of Forensic Medicine for a post-mortem examination. After their identities are determined, the bodies will be returned to their families for traditional funeral ceremonies.
Source: Bangkok Post