NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Three people, a man and two women, were killed after a car skidded off a road and plunged into a roadside canal in Phimai district on Sunday afternoon, police said.
Police and rescuers rushed to the scene on Non Daeng-Prathai road on being informed of the accident, which occurred at about 2.50pm.
On arriving at the scene, they found the Toyota car submerged upside down in the water. Three people -- a man and two women -- had been pulled out of the car by Veerachet Kaensuk, 28, who was driving past the spot and stopped on seeing a 14-year-old girl waving for help.
The rescuers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man and the women, who appeared unconscious, but found they had died.
The girl, Parichat Kwanruan, was the only survivor of the accident. She told police that the car was headed from Non Daeng district to Ban Chong Maew village in Phimai district. On the way, she fell asleep and woke up when the car plunged into the canal.
She managed to get out of the car and waved for help when she saw Mr Veerachet driving past the spot. He extracted the other three occupants of the car and called police.