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5 Songkran celebrants killed, 4 injured as pickup flips in Sa Kaew

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5 Songkran celebrants killed, 4 injured as pickup flips in Sa Kaew

By The Nation

 

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Five teenagers were killed and four others injured when a speeding pickup truck returning from Sa Kaew’s Songkran celebration flipped and slid into a roadside ditch on Thursday night, police said.
 

Pol Colonel Setthanat Timwat, commander of Wang Nam Yen police station, said the accident happened at 9.50pm on Khao Chakan-Wang Nam Yen road about one kilometre from the Wang Nam Yen downtown.

 

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Setthanat said three passengers died at the scene and another two died at the Wang Nam Yen district hospital.

The five deceased were identified as Thirachai Kaewprateep, 16, Pikanet Yuangpho, 17, Thirsak Phacharoen, 19, Siwakorn Banthit, 16, and Wutthipong Laothong, 17.

 

The four injured were identified as Aroon Boonmakul, 19, Thanakorn Sirimongkol, 19, Khathawut Thongkham, 19 and an unidentified teenage boy.

 

Two other passengers were unharmed.

 

Setthanat said police learned from relatives of the deceased and injured that the 11 teenagers were travelling home from celebrating Songkran in Sa Kaew’s Muang district.

 

The pickup was apparently speeding when it lost control and flipped when the driver swerved to the left to avoid a plastic barrier that had been placed in the road to create a temporary U-turn point. The pickup then flipped and slid into the ditch, said Setthanat.

 

The station commander said police had just stopped staffing an alcohol checkpoint on the road at 8pm. He said police will check whether the driver of the pickup had been drinking alcohol.

 

Sa Kaew’s Songkran celebration was held on Thursday, later than other provinces.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30343552

 
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How horrible.

 

Is there a facebook live stream of the driver driver drinking whisky? 

 

RIP.

 

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the plastic barrier was a left over from the police check point that was unmanned............

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

He said police will check whether the driver of the pickup had been drinking alcohol.

So the driver survived... 

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20 minutes ago, JAG said:

Umh, I think the OP says it was part of the arrangements for a temporary U turn lane...

We have those everywhere here on Phuket also. Which shows how dangerous the general road design in Thailand is where police need to use traffic cones to allow for necessary u-turn spots.

 

Sometimes to cones are there, sometimes not, but they are never clearly visible and early indicated.

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What you mean Bob12345 is that they should not have been driving at that speed & been prepared to slow down,,,,,,,, very tragic but a blood test will more than likely find a substantial amount of alcohol in the drivers bloodstream

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5 hours ago, ratcatcher said:

With information like this, who can blame the driver.

RIP to the dead and hopefully the injured will live to tell the tale.

As bad as it may seem to some, hopefully the driver paid the ultimate price! 

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