BANGKOK -Five people have been killed and seven injured after Toyota hits a public passenger van head on in eastern Thailand, yesterday.
The fatal crash was reported about 10.50am, Pol Lt Col Bunnak Trachoo, investigation officer at Watthana Nakhon, said.
The driver of a black Toyota car lost control and crashed head-on into a loaded passenger van with Bangkok registration. Most of the victims were Cambodian nationals.
Car driver Chaiwat Saithong was hurt. Van driver Theerapong Suphorthong was among those killed.
Two men and two women died on the spot, and a fifth victim later died in hospital. Seven others, including two children, were being treated for injuries at Wattana Nakhon Hospital.
Witnesses said the car was traveling from the direction of Aranyaprathet and suddenly veered cross the road and hit the on-coming van head-on.
Eleven killed and four injured in Passenger Van Crash Last Month
Eleven people were killed and four injured in another traffic accident in Sa Kaeo province last month.
A collision between a passenger van and an 18-wheel lorry happened in early morning on the road under repair.
The passenger van from Bangkok was destroyed in the crash. Rescue forces had to deploy heavy tools to open the van and extracted the passengers and the driver from the vehicle.
Police said five men and six women lost their lives in the accident. One of them was the Thai driver of the van, while the others were Lao nationals.
In August activists have banded together to oppose the Transport Ministry allowing old public vans to stay on the road. Saying the measure undermines road safety.
Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation, said public passenger vans which are more than 10 years old should be taken off the road.