4 killed, 5 hurt in Tak tourist van crash

4 killed, 5 hurt in Tak tourist van crash

Rescue workers try to retrieve the bodies of dead and injured people from a van after it plunged into a ditch and overturned in Tak's Wang Chao district on Thursday  morning. (Photo by Assawin Pinitwong)
Rescue workers try to retrieve the bodies of dead and injured people from a van after it plunged into a ditch and overturned in Tak's Wang Chao district on Thursday morning. (Photo by Assawin Pinitwong)

TAK -- Four holidaymakers were killed and five others injured when a their van plunged into a ditch and overturned in Wang Chao district on Thursday morning.

The Bangkok-registered minivan was heading to Chiang Mai when it skidded off Phaholyothin Road in front of Wat Tongteng in tambon Pradang, hit a tree and flipped, said Pratheep Porthiam, chief of Wang Chao district who was alerted around 7am.

The impact threw several passengers out of the vehicle. Two men and two women were killed instantly, their bodies trapped in the wreckage. Four men and one woman were hurt. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital.

Witnesses told police that the van was speeding.

Police said the victims were vacationers headed to the North. The officers believed the driver might have fallen asleep at the wheel. They were investigating.


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