Three die as rescue van plunges into reservoir
TRAT: Two rescue workers and an injured man they were carrying died when their rescue vehicle struck a concrete pole and plunged into a reservoir in Muang district yesterday.
The crash occurred at the See Siad reservoir in tambon Wang Krachae, said Pol Capt Lerdsak Rattanapitak, a duty officer at Muang police station, who was alerted at about 6am.
Police, a hospital doctor and rescue workers who rushed to the scene found a pickup truck with Trat licence plates in the reservoir of a tap water plant.
Before the officers arrived, people who had been exercising in the area and residents helped retrieve the driver from the vehicle. He was given first aid and sent to Trat Hospital where he died of his injuries.
When the second rescue team arrived, they dived into the water and retrieved a second rescue worker and an injured man, who had been trapped in the back of the pickup.
However, the men had no pulses and rescuers were unable to revive them. Police are investigating.