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18-Wheeler Crashed into Roadside Market in Phitsanulok Province

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PHITSANULOK – A 18-wheel trailer truck crashed into a roadside market in Phitsanulok Province, killing the driver and badly injuring a woman after hitting 11 parked vehicles, shortly after sunrise on Friday

The crash happened at a roadside market in Bang Krathum district at Wat Tayom market in tambon Wat Tayom around 6.30am, Pol Lt Col Jiangroon Jaisawang, duty officer at Nernkum police station told the Bangkok Post.

The 18-wheel trailer truck, with Saraburi plates, was loaded with cassava root. It came to a halt with its crumpled front inside the market, after hitting vending stalls and many parked vehicles. Vegetables and other goods were strewn about the area.

The laden cassava truck came to rest with its front inside the market after hitting 11 other vehicles, killing one man and seriously injuring a woman at Wat Tayom market in Phitsanulok. – Photo Chinnawat Singha

A man was found dead beneath the trailer truck. He had been run over by a wheel. He was later identified as Samarn Luenfa, 49, of Phichit province.

A woman, identified as Boonruang Boonnamsaeng, 60, of Bang Krathum district, was seriously hurt and rushed to a hospital.

The careering goods truck broke two power poles and hit 11 other vehicles – a six-wheel truck, eight pickup trucks and two motorcycles – in front of the market.

The driver Thavorn Noppawan, 64, was waiting at the scene when police arrived.

Police suspect he dozed off behind the wheel. The truck was travelling alone on a long straight road at the time.

Mr Thavorn was held in custody for legal action. Police were investigating.

By Chinnawat Singha

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