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Eight Korean Tourists Injured in Passenger Van Crash in Central Thailand

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BANGKOK – Eight Korean tourists were among 12 people injured in a crash that involved three vehicles and killed the driver of their passenger van in central Thailand on Monday.

A rescue unit in Chachoengsao reported the accident on the inbound section of Bang Na-Trat Road in Bang Pakong district of the province about 11.47am. It involved a van, pickup truck and a motorcycle.

Pol Lt Col Boonsarit Chuchuay, duty officer at Bang Prakong, told Thairath online that eight tourists from South Korea travelling the van were seriously injured and were taken to Churarat 11 Hospital.

The van driver, Sangworn Chancharoen, died in the accident.

Passengers’ baggage lies on the road after this van hit a pickup and motorcycle and then overturned seriously injuring eight South Korean tourists. – Photo ChachoengsaoRescue

The four other injured people were the motorcyclist and three people traveling in the pickup truck, including driver Sanon Pholchai, he said.

Mr Sanon told police that he was making a U-turn and his pickup was hit by the van. The van driver then lost control, collided with a motorcycle and finally came to a halt after the vehicle rolled over onto its side.

It was not known where the van driver had picked up his passengers or where they were going to.

Police were investigating.