On Saturday morning, a monk and three elderly women were killed, and six others were critically injured, when a van carrying them to a cremation ceremony drove off the road and struck a tree in Chatturat district in in Chaiyaphum.
According to Policle, who was alerted about 9.30 a.m., the deadly incident occurred on Highway 201 in tambon Laharn in in Chaiyaphum.
When police and emergency workers arrived at the scene, they discovered the van with Khon Kaen license plates close to a tree on the median. Its front end was severely damaged.
Four people were discovered dead, while six others were critically injured. Everyone was suffocating inside the van.
The victims were a senior monk, later identified as Phra Khru Yanworawisut Wanalusor of Satikaram temple in Khon Kaen, and three elderly women. Mr. Khamman Donphonphan, the van driver, was injured, as were four other elderly women and a man.
All of them were taken to local hospitals.
According to police, the vehicle was on its way to a royally funded funeral ceremony in Chaiyaphum’s Bamnet Narong district when it drove off the road on a curve and collided with a road divider. The impact killed the monk and the three women on the spot.
Police are studying closed-circuit television cameras and questioning the injured and witnesses to learn more about the cause of the tragedy.
Buddhist cremation ceremony Chaiyaphum
The Buddhist cremation ceremony in Chaiyaphum, Thailand is a traditional ritual that involves the cremation of the deceased followed by a series of religious ceremonies and offerings.
The ceremony typically includes chanting by Buddhist monks, prayers for the deceased’s journey to the afterlife, and the scattering of the ashes. Family members and friends gather to pay their respects and offer their condolences. This solemn event holds significant cultural and spiritual importance in the local community.
Chaiyaphum is a province in Thailand located in the northeastern region of the country. It is known for its natural beauty, including forests, waterfalls, and national parks.
The province is also home to a number of cultural and historical attractions, such as ancient Khmer ruins and temples. Chaiyaphum is a popular destination for those seeking outdoor activities and eco-tourism experiences. The local economy is primarily based on agriculture, with rice farming being a significant industry in the area.