Seventeen students have been killed in northeastern Thailand after their overloaded pick-up truck crashed and overturned. Pol Lt Col Samran Chuaythao,said the accident occurred at about 1am.
A taxi driver the northeastern province of Si Sa Ket, told Thai media that shortly before 1am he saw a pick-up truck run out of Soi at high speed. It headed on the main when suddenly it skidded off the road onto the sidewalk and rammed into two roadside power poles and overturned.
The twelve students who were traveling on the rear of the pick-up. They were thrown onto the road by the violent impact and killed immediately. While five other students sitting inside the vehicle and the driver were seriously injured. The bodies of the 12 students were left scattered all over the road.
The six injured were rushed to Chularat 9 Hospital for treatment. Of the six, one died later of serious injuries at the hospital, bringing the death toll to 13.
A police investigation revealed that all of the 13 passengers who died were students of Si Sa Ket Technical College.
They were sent to undergo job training at a garage called Patara Body Service.
On Saturday, the last day of the job training, a feast was held at the garage to celebrate the end of their training. The celebration went on until late in the night. The drunk students later went on to a mor lam, a northeastern-stye entertaining show.
After the end of the show, they left on the pick-up along the main King Kaew road, where the incident happened.
Police were examining the footage of all security cameras in the area. They plant to interview the driver, who was seriously injured, after he recovers, to establish the cause of the accident.
Source: TNA, Bangkok Post