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11 burned to death in Korat van crash

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Eleven people, including the driver, were burned to death after an LNG-powered van crashed into the median ditch on the Mitrapap highway and burst into flames on Saturday night ()Jan 21.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 23 January 2023, 11:57AM


A van crashed into the median ditch on the Mitrapap highway in Sikhio district, Nakhon Ratchasima, and went up in flames on Saturday night. Eleven people were burned to death, while one passenger was able to escape the vehicle and was admitted to hospital. Photo: Prasit Tangprasert / Bangkok Post

A van crashed into the median ditch on the Mitrapap highway in Sikhio district, Nakhon Ratchasima, and went up in flames on Saturday night. Eleven people were burned to death, while one passenger was able to escape the vehicle and was admitted to hospital. Photo: Prasit Tangprasert / Bangkok Post

The accident took place at about 9.30pm on the Bangkok-bound side of the highway in Sikhio district, reports the Bangkok Post.

From an initial police investigation, the Amnat Charoen-registered Toyota van, with the driver and 11 passengers on board. were heading from Amnat Charoen to Nakhon Pathom province.

While between kilometre markers 99-100, the van veered sideways, rammed into the metal railing and crashed into the ditch in the median strip. The LNG-powered van then went up in flames.

Nikom Sae Oun, leader of the Hook 31 rescue unit at Mo Chabok in Si Khiu district near the spot, said after hearing a loud explosion he rushed to the scene to find the van totally engulfed by fire. A passenger was seen slipping out of the van.

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A fire engine soon arrived and put out the fire shortly afterwards. But 11 people, including the driver, were all burned to death in the van.

The passenger who managed to narrowly escape death was later identified as Thanachit Kingkaew, 20. He was admitted to Sikhio Hospital.

Governor Saksayam Sirimongkol was at the scene after the accident for inspection. He later went to the hospital to visit the survivor.

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Kurt | 26 January 2023 - 09:33:29

Do Van drivers have periodic medical check ups? Did the Van have periodical technical check ups? Was the LNG tank properly installed? Thai Officialdom has to do more and better to grand tourists safe taxi- and van rides. Try to establish a 'Safety First' thinking among Thai drivers. It will be almost impossible, but give it a try.

JohnC | 24 January 2023 - 09:25:42

Sounds like yet another case of the driver falling asleep at the wheel. Hard to use the usual "brakes failed" excuse in this incident. Very sad for the passengers and their families. RIP.

Capricornball | 23 January 2023 - 17:47:02

Again, article incorrectly states that "the van crashed into the median ditch..." and that "the van veered sideways...". No, the driver lost control of the vehicle allowing it to veer sideways into the guard rail (which apparently failed), crashed and killed all but one of the passengers that he was responsible for. Add 11 more to the minivan death toll.

 

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