FIVE unidentified foreigners died yesterday afternoon (Nov. 8) after the private van they were traveling in slammed into a 10-wheel truck at Bang Pa-in district of Ayutthaya with the badly-burnt van driver being hospitalized, Thai News Agency reported.
Pol. Capt. Suphasit Sudadej, deputy inspector at Bang Pa-in police station, and volunteers from Putthaisawan Foundation rushed to the scene of the accident on Road 347 in front of the municipality at Talad Kriang market where they found the front and part of the passenger cabin of the Bangkok-registered van totally smashed and on fire which they quickly put out.
Within the smashed and burnt van they found the 5 dead foreigners, 2 men and 3 women, while the driver, Charan Aksornsri, 52, had been burnt across his body and was sent to Bang Pa-in hospital.
The truck driver told police that he was driving an empty truck from Pathum Thani to Ayuthaya on Road 347 and when he reached the point of accident switched the turn signal on to go into a village
Just then he heard a loud noise of a vehicle hitting the truck so parked and got out and saw the wrecked van ablaze.
However police said they are going to question the truck driver again to ascertain the real cause of accident.
Top and inset: The wrecked and burnt van in which 5 foreigners died. Photo: Thai News Agency