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Pickup Overturns on Chiang Rai – Phrae Highway Killing 3, Injuring 6

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Rescue workers at the scene of the overturned Ford pickup on the the Chiang Rai- Phrae road on Wednesday night.(Photo by Thaweeporn Sukkasem)

Rescue workers at the scene of the overturned Ford pickup on the the Chiang Rai- Phrae road on Wednesday night.(Photo by Thaweeporn Sukkasem)

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PHRAE – Pol Capt Pasit Thaowalya, duty officer at Song police station the northernmost district of Phrae Province reported that 3 people were killed and six other injured on the highway between Phrae and Chiang Rai.

Pol Capt Pasit Thaowalya said the pickup truck they were travelling in overturned on the Chiang Rai- Phrae road in Song district of Phrae Province on Wednesday night.

The accident occurred about 10pm between kilometre markers 24-25 near Ban Lu in tambon Huay Mai.

When Police and rescue workers arrived at the scene they found a black Ford Ranger pickup lying on its side beside the road.  Near the vehicle were the dead bodies of two men and a woman, later identified as In Inkham, 71, Peng Khamsom, 66, and Supaporn Inchai, 40, all from Chiang Rai’s Mae Suay district.

Wacharat Inkham, 33, the driver, said he was taking nine passengers – six sitting in the cab and three others on the back – from Chiang Rai to Phitsanulok for a funeral.

While driving along the Chiang Rai – Phrae road one of the right wheels came off a trailer truck in front of him. He was startled and quickly spun the steering wheel to try and avoid it  The sudden turn caused the pickup to overturn.

The six other passengers, including a nine-year-old girl, were injured.  They were admitted to Song Hospital in Phrae.

By Thaweeporn Sukkasem


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