Six People Dead, Five Injured after Minivan Crash in Nakhon Si Thammarat

PHOTO: Chanwit Bamroongsri

Nakhon Si Thammarat –

Six people have died and five were injured after a minivan from Bangkok collided with a trailer truck in the Thung Yai district.

The Thung Yai Police was notified of the accident at 6:30 A.M. on Saturday (April 1st) at Baan Sai Joa Pa in the Ta Yang sub-district.

The Tai Tenk Tueng Rescue Team told the Phuket Express that they arrived at the accident scene to find a damaged minivan and trailer truck on the roadside.

Six people including the minivan driver Mr. Santisak Anurak, 35, have been pronounced dead. Four other passengers and the trailer truck Mr. Thippawat Choojan, 40, have survived.

One of the survivors, whose name was withheld by rescue teams, who was riding in the minivan, said the group were all relatives and were travelling from Bangkok to a family reunion in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

The Thung Yai Police are continuing their investigation to find the cause of the accident. Thung Yai police did not immediately speculate on what caused the major wreck and were still interviewing survivors and reviewing CCTV as of press time.

Minivan crashes have been an issue in Thailand for some time, including recently, with critics consistently bringing up concerns about safety standards and driver qualifications.

Just two days prior The Phuket Express reported on a minivan crash in Phuket that injured two French tourists, as seen here.

And just under two weeks ago four foreign tourists and a driver were all injured in a minivan collision in Patong.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Phuket Express, owned by our parent company TPN media.

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.