1 killed, 3 injured in family car crash

1 killed, 3 injured in family car crash

A SUV is seen overturned after it was hit by a truck in Tham Phannara district of Nakhon Si Thammarat on Sunday. (Photo by Nujaree Raekrun)
A SUV is seen overturned after it was hit by a truck in Tham Phannara district of Nakhon Si Thammarat on Sunday. (Photo by Nujaree Raekrun)

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: A man was killed and his wife, son and granddaughter injured when a lorry ran their SUV off Highway 41 in Tham Phannara district on Sunday.

The accident took place at about 11am near Moo 6 village in tambon Tham Phannara, Pol Capt Somsak Charoenchalermsak said.

A police investigation revealed that the family's Toyota Fortuner was heading for Chumphon province when it was overtaken and then knocked off the highway by a 22-wheel articulated lorry.

The SUV overturned and came to rest on its roof in the ditch in the median of the highway.

Rescuers used hydraulic jacks to force open the SUV. One man, identified as Phap Sripen, 67, was found killed in the vehicle. Three other people were injured -- his wife Uean, 58, his son Kiatipong, 36, and his 10-year-old granddaughter.

Kasem Chaichan, 22, the lorry driver, fled the scene after the accident but surrendered at the Tham Phannara police station shortly afterwards. He allegedly admitted to falling asleep at the wheel after several  trips delivering gravel.

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