Horror-crash students' bodies returned to Si Sa Ket

Horror-crash students' bodies returned to Si Sa Ket

The bodies of the 13 Sisaket Technical College students arrive at the Si Sa Ket Sawangjit Rescue Foundation in Muang district of Si Sa Ket early on Monday. (Photo by Sanoh Worarak)
The bodies of the 13 Sisaket Technical College students arrive at the Si Sa Ket Sawangjit Rescue Foundation in Muang district of Si Sa Ket early on Monday. (Photo by Sanoh Worarak)

The bodies of 13 students killed in a horrifying car crash in Samut Prakan have been taken back home to Si Sa Ket, where their school is doing its best to help their grief-stricken families.

The convoy of Poh Teck Tung Foundation vans from Bangkok arrived at the Si Sa Ket Sawangjit Rescue Foundation in Muang district shortly after midnight on Monday morning. From there, the families took their loved ones' bodies home for religious ceremonies at local temples.

All 13 were killed early on Sunday morning when their overloaded pickup truck overturned  and slammed into roadside power poles in Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan.

The students, all from Sisaket Technical College, were returning to their residences in Samut Prakan after a party celebrating the end of their job training at Patara Body Service in the district. They had also attended a mor lum concert.

Twelve sitting in the back of the pickup died at the accident scene, and another who was inside the cab succumbed to injuries at Chularat 9 Hospital.

The cause of the accident was still not known as the driver and four other passengers in the cab were seriously injured.

"Finally back home in Si Sa Ket. #RIP student trainees of Sisaket Technical College," said one message on the college Facebook account.

College director Aksornsilp Kaewmahawong on Monday promised assistance for the deceased students' shocked families. The school has opened a bank account where friends, teachers and alumni can contribute to help them.

Vocational Education Commission secretary-general Boonrak Yodphet said the deaths were a "great loss" to education.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha offered condolences to their families and said the students' deaths were a great loss to the future of the country, according to government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat.


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