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6 officials dead, 5 injured in Phuket-Bangkok transit

CHUMPHON: A passenger van carrying 10 Marine Department officials crashed into a tree killing killing six officials whilst driving from Phuket to Bangkok on Sunday (Feb 24).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 25 February 2019, 10:31AM


A van carrying 10 Marine Department officials is severely damaged after it crashed into a tree in Chumphon on Sunday (Feb 25). (Photo from Chumphon Rescue Volunteers at Khao Ka Rong Facebook account)

A van carrying 10 Marine Department officials is severely damaged after it crashed into a tree in Chumphon on Sunday (Feb 25). (Photo from Chumphon Rescue Volunteers at Khao Ka Rong Facebook account)

Police said the van hit the tree at about 11am on Sunday on Highway 41 in Sawi disrict, Chumphon, after the front left tyre burst causing the van to skid into the central reservation.

The van was totally wrecked as a result of the collision which killed four people on the spot and left 7 seriously injured. The injured were taken to Sawi and Thung Tako hospitals where two of them were later pronounced dead.

The van was hired, along with driver Det Juanchainart, to transport the 10 Marine Department officials from Phuket to Bangkok after they had completed their assignments on the island.

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Pol Capt Manoch Plodkunngern of Sawee Police confirmed to The Phuket News that the six officials who died were identified as Mr Preecha Warojiem, 33; Mr Inthuram Poomsep, 59; Mr Samrueng Kaseasin, 59; Mr Kitti Siripongchantara, 47; Mr Chaiwat Sithikan, 42; and Mr Jaturong Saranai, 58.

The five injured are Mr Winai Jareonpum, 47; Mr Det Juanchainart, 59; Mr Surasuk Aumrapal, 55; Mr Chaiwut Arnunta, 42; and Mr Sombat Krasobthong, 49.

 

 

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Kurt | 26 February 2019 - 11:20:26

Time Van's get speed limiters. 80 kmph.
Full loaded Van's, 11 persons + luggage, are 'heavy'.  They not designed/built for high speed.

Foot | 25 February 2019 - 15:07:39

Truly horrific!
How fast was it going?

CaptainJack69 | 25 February 2019 - 12:24:52

Tragic. Condolences. Tyres don't just explode without warning. A cursory inspection would have prevented this needless loss of life.

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