KHON KAEN - A man driving a sedan crashed into a pickup truck and plunged off a bridge into the Chi River on Monday morning.
A sedan crashed into a pickup truck and plunged off a bridge into the Chi River in Khon Kaen on Monday. Rescuers are attempting to find the driver, but he is feared dead.
Police in Muang district were informed about the accident at 8.30am. They rushed to the scene and called in rescuers and a diving team to help retrieve the vehicle.
The red license plate belonging to the sedan was found at the accident site, alongside broken bathroom ceramics, which the pickup had been transporting.
Rungkit Torun, 35, a resident of Khon Kaen, went to the scene of the crash several hours after the incident occured and told the police that the red license plate came from his Toyota.
He said his boyfriend, Wutthichai Rueksomboondee, 35, had taken the car out early that morning to go and exercise, but he became worried when he did not return home, and no one in the neighbourhood had seen him.
Prajak Charnkit, 37, driver of the pickup involved in the crash, said he and his two cousins were on their way from his house in Nakhon Ratchasima to deliver the bathroom goods in Khon Kaen. He said he was driving over the bridge when the sedan rammed into the rear of his pickup, hit the bridge rail and plunged into the river.
Pol Maj Gen Chob Kisalung, commander of Khon Kaen provincial police, said that the Chi River is around 12m deep and has strong currents.
A team of around 20 divers were sent to try and find the vehicle and driver but were unable to locate him after six hours. Police are still searching the area but said it was possible that the vehicle had been carried some way down the river.
Pol Maj Gen Chob said witnesses confirmed that the sedan was driving at high speed before hitting the pickup. Police are assuming that the driver of the car is dead.