Another child dies in school van error

THE death of a six-year-old first grade schoolboy yesterday (August 2) after being left locked in a school van for hours highlights the carelessness of elders who are in charge as this type of tragedy has occurred time and again over the years, said today (August 3).

The latest victim, Kaka, died in Ayutthaya province yesterday after being left in the locked school van by the driver for seven hours on July 31 during which he did not have enough oxygen to breath in the hot vehicle. The driver admitted that this death occurred because he was negligent.

Sanook News! Compiled a list of small children who have died this way in recent years and hope that teachers and guardians become more careful and watchful as follows:

  • May 30, 2012: Poh, four years old, died in Kalasin province on the school van seat and the driver said he did not see the child so left him locked in.
  • April 3, 2013: Ae, a three-year-old girl attending a kindergarten in Samut Prakarn, was left by a teacher in the school van for many hours until she lost consciousness and later died on April 17, 2013.
  • May 15, 2013: Potter, a three-year-old boy, was left asleep in the cab of a pickup truck in Sisaket province by a young female teacher for over seven  hours and died there.
  • July 21, 2017: Pluem, a four-year-old child, was left asleep in the cab of a pickup truck just 20 meters from a Nakhon Si Thammarat police station and later died. Police said they did not see the child because the vehicle had very dark film on the windows.
  • May 11, 2016: Ing, a three-year-old child, was left in a school van in Samut Prakarn and later died there. The driver and nanny said the air-conditioner of the van broke down and they had to transfer the children to another van and did not realise he was left behind.

Dr Adisak Phalidpholkarnphim of Thai Health Promotion Foundation has said that the temperature of vehicles parked in the sun for over an hour soars to 42 degrees Celsius and if a small child is left there for two hours he or she will die.

He also urged those involved to boost steps in taking care and controlling the picking up and leaving of schoolchildren so that this does not happen again.


Top: Six-year-old Kaka died yesterday after being left in the school van for hours. Photo:



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