TAK – At least 14 people were killed Wednesday when a truck carrying local villagers crashed in a mountainous region of north-west Thailand, police and hospital officials said.
According to the police, the driver of the truck lost control of his vehicle as he descended down the slope of the hill. The truck reportedly crashed into several vehicles, before slammed headlong into the pick-up truck. Nevertheless, the police stress that a thorough investigation is needed to establish a clear cause of the accident.
13 people died at the scene, while two more victims died at hospital, medical workers say, adding that the dead include an official from the Department of Forestry, and the pick-up truck’s driver, while the rest was members of the local hill tribes.
The pick-up truck was headed to Mae Lamao district and left the bus station in the city center of Tak province only 40 minutes before the accident, police say.
Suriya Prasatbandit, Govenor of Tak province, said during his inspection at the accident site that he has ordered an investigation into the case, and that he demanded to see the result of the inquiry as soon as possible.
A spokesperson for the Tak provincial hospital said 14 people died in the accident, which happened near the site of a previous bus crash in March in which 30 people were killed.
Just last week a Bus carrying foreign migrant workers heading to Bangkok has been involved in an accident where one person has died and many others injured when the bus carrying them overturned on a Doi Ruak, Tak – Mae Sod route.
Pol. Lt. Bamrung Yomkeard, Inquiry Official of Mae Tor Police Station, Tak Province, received a call about an accident on the Doi Ruak, Mae Sod – Tak Route, Tambon Mae Tor, Amphur Mueng Tak. He and the rescue team went to the scene where they found the bus overturned on the roadside.
There were 60 passengers on the bus who were all immigrants. One of them died, identified as Chain Noimee, 57 years old, and another woman was seriously injured. More than 20 other people were wounded as a result of the crash.