3 boys killed in tunnel collapse

Three boys were killed in Chat Trakan district of Phitsanulok province on Sunday when a tunnel they were digging into an earthen floodwall collapsed.

The victims were identified as Krissana Sasana, 12, Isara Papan, 16, and Satayu Papan, 8, of Ban Terdchart in tambon Bo Phak.

Their parents found them buried in a tunnel dug into the 10-metre-tall floodwall several hours after they went missing on Sunday evening.

Ong-art Saenpichaiya, 14, took the parents to the scene of the tragedy. He had earlier met the three boys who told him they were going to play by the floodwall.

Police believe the boys had tunnelled into the floodwall and the sandy soil gave way, burying them alive.

Police discovered two tunnels about 1 to 1.5 metres wide. The three boys were found in one of them.

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