AYUTTHAYA – Seven people have been killed and three others seriously injured when the passenger van they were traveling in from Sukhothai rammed at the rear of a 10-wheel truck on Asian Highway in Bang Pahan district of Ayutthaya on Friday night.
One survivor of the van crash known only as Kamlai told the police that all the victims are her relatives who are traders at Sukhothai market.
She said they took the van together to Bangkok to buy goods for selling at home, the van left Sukhothai at 10 pm and stopped over in Phitsanulok to have a tire replaced. The stopover and tire replacement took time, forcing the driver to drive faster to get to Bangkok in time.
She said she was sleeping but was awakened by a loud bang and impact, and the van rested by the roadside protective railing.
Police said seven passengers died, five of them women, and three were injured.
Two injured passengers were admitted to Bang Pahan hospital and another to Ayutthaya hospital by Po Teck Tueng charity foundation rescue workers.
The police said the driver might be sleepy while driving speedily, causing the van to skid and rammed at the rear of the truck before banging on the roadside railing. – Thai PBS