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Three students dead, 19 injured in nighttime smash on Lampang hill

 

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Three young students were killed and many were injured - six seriously - when a minivan collided with the back of a ten wheel truck in the early hours of this morning.

 

The accident happened on Doi Tat on Route 1, the Pahonyothin Road from Lampang to Bangkok at KM markers 671-672.

 

Koh Kha police found a destroyed van with Chiang Mai plates with three young women aged about 17-20 dead.

 

The 34 year old driver and 13 other passengers were taken to hospital. Six of these in a serious condition were transferred to Lampang Hospital. 

 

A ten wheel truck carrying corn was at the scene with damage to its rear. The 56 year old driver said he had been going along normally in the far left lane when he saw lights behind him then heard a loud noise as he was hit in the rear. 

 

Also at the scene was an MG with a damaged front. The driver was covered in white house paint. 

 

He said that he and his wife and three young sons had been travelling to Bangkok when they came on the accident scene. In trying to avoid the crashed van he hit a barrier. 

 

The paint was in his car, part of a number of household items as they were moving house to Bangkok. All the occupants of the MG were only slightly injured. 

 

Police said that there were a total of 17 technology students and driver in the van that was on its way from Moo Ban Khru Lamphun to Bangkok to pick up bursaries. 

 

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

 

Source: Thai Rath

 

 

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Three killed, 19 injured in Lampang smash

By The Nation

 

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A van carrying students to Bangkok to receive scholarships crashed into the back of a 10-wheel truck in the early hours of Tuesday morning killing 3 and injuring 19, six of them seriously.

 

Police were alerted to the accident at 1am and rushed to the spot on Highway 1, Phahonyothin Road, just outside Lampang. Three female students aged between 17 and 20 were killed on impact. Among the 19 injured were 34-year-old Taechin Phochthong, the driver of the van, and two individuals travelling in a car that was caught up in the accident. Rescue teams rushed the injured to Koh Kha hospital, with the six most seriously injured, all of them students, later transferred to the Lampang hospital.

 

Somyot Thongsri, 56, the driver of the truck, told police that he was travelling in the left lane when he saw headlights in his mirrors and then heard a loud crash. He surmised that the van had pulled out to overtake but failed to complete the manoeuvre. The accident is now under investigation.

 

Police later learned that the van was taking students from Mubankru Technological College to receive scholarships in Bangkok.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30377189

 

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5 minutes ago, elektrified said:

What I don't understand is why students are being transported places at 1:00 A.M. or even later? This is the 2nd or possibly 3rd serious accident I have read about in the last 2-3 weeks where students were killed or severely injured while being transported to/from school related trips in the middle of the night. It does not make any sense. Clearly it is much more dangerous to be on the roads in the middle of the night.

Probably needed to be in Bangkok in the morning?

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

when a minivan collided with the back of a ten wheel truck

How is it possible to hit the rear of another driving truck and cause such damage?
 

3 hours ago, webfact said:

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

I guess we are all happy and hopeful to hear the result.

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RIP those lost.

 

Must be fair to say the Minibus was overloaded for a start, no doubt being driven at the usual lightening speed by a reckless/drunk/drugged up/ plain useless driver.  Drivers of Public Utility Vehicles here just don't seem to have any thoughts about the safety of their passengers; like did he tell everyone on board to fasten their seatbelts before setting off ?

 

You would think the amount of carnage they see on TV would make them think twice about their driving techniques, but it just doesn't seem to sink into whatever small amount of grey matter they have.

 

The family in the MG have painted an entirely different picture  !   Lol.

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1 hour ago, richard_smith237 said:

 

Having driven here for a number of years, having read the news of similar occurrences on an almost daily basis (at least weekly) a fair assumption would be: 

- MiniVan driver Drunk or Sleepy

- MiniVan driver speeding (at least driving very fast)

- Lorry either Unlit or very poorly lit

 

Rate of closure between the mini-van and truck too fast, MiniVan notices the poorly lit truck too late to brake in time, panics, attempts to swerve round the truck and hits it with tragic consequences. 

 

A following family car also outdriving their headlights also panics when they see the accident and crashes with 'paint spillage'.

 

(of course, the above is just an assumption and someone will soon be along with a smart arsed comment about CSI crash investigation or something similar - the above is just a guess, but one based on probability of what has occurred numerous times before on Thailands roads)

 

 

Yeah, of course I get all that and it sounds like probable. For me, though, it´s still an impossibility to hit the rear of another truck, as long as my car have lights. Have also been driving here for many years, and it´s unfathomable what you see on an everyday basis on Thai roads.

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Driving at night is fine so long as your alert, one could argue it's even safer due to much fewer vehicles on the roads...

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