CHUMPHON – Six people were killed and five seriously wounded after their passenger van slammed into a tree at high speed on the median of Highway in Southern Thailand on Sunday morning.
Chumphon Police said the accident occurred at approximately 11am when the van with the driver and 10 Marine Department officials on board skidded off the road and slammed into a tree after the left front tire burst.
Six people, including the van driver, were killed immediately while five others were seriously injured. The injured were transported to Sawi and Thung Tako hospitals.
The officials – all male between 42 and 58 years old – were returning from Phuket, where they’d helped dredge canals.
An investigation revealed that the van, driven by Det Juanchainat, 59, was hired to take the 10 officials of the Marine Department back to Bangkok after they had finished their assignments in Phuket.
By Geoff Thomas
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