Fiery crash in Ayutthaya kills 4 Japanese tourists, Thai guide

Fiery crash in Ayutthaya kills 4 Japanese tourists, Thai guide

Rescue workers retrieve bodies from a wrecked van in Bang Pa-in district, Ayutthaya, on Wednesday. (Photo from Putthaisawan Foundation)
Rescue workers retrieve bodies from a wrecked van in Bang Pa-in district, Ayutthaya, on Wednesday. (Photo from Putthaisawan Foundation)

AYUTTHAYA: Four Japanese tourists and a Thai tour guide were killed instantly when their van hit the rear of a ten-wheeled truck in Bang Pa-in district on Wednesday afternoon.

Police were informed of the accident at about 4.30pm. They found the wrecked white van on Highway 347 in tambon Talad Kriab. Its front was heavily damaged, and the vehicle was on fire. Rescue workers were hosing down the van while trying to rescue its occupants.

Van driver Charun Aksonsri, 52, was seriously injured and suffered burns. He was sent to Bang Pa-in Hospital before being transferred to Pranakorn Sri Ayutthaya Hospital.

Rescue workers then found five bodies. One was the badly burned corpse of a female Thai tour guide identified as Piyatip Krueangtai. The other four were Japanese tourists, two male and two female. 

Truck driver Weerachai Rueangsri, 22, said he was slowing down his vehicle in the left lane to turn into a soil excavation site when he heard a loud noise from the back of the truck.

Police found that the van was carrying two natural gas cylinders. Police were questioning witnesses to help determine the cause of the accident.


Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (6)

'Inappropriate'

Comments by speakers at the anti-government rally at Thammasat University on Monday night hurt the feelings of "tens of millions of people", according to the head of the senate committee on the protection of the royal institution.

14:41

1 killed, 10 hurt as van plunges into ditch in Surat Thani

SURAT THANI: One woman was killed and 10 others injured when a van taking them to a popular temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat plunged into a ditch dividing a road in Kanchanadit district of Surat Thani before dawn on Tuesday.

14:21

Philippines unlikely to keep lockdown despite surging infections

The Philippines is unlikely to keep its capital and nearby areas under strict lockdown despite coronavirus infections rising by another daily record to over 136,000.

13:54