A tragic incident occurred near Hat Yai in southern Thailand as a tour minivan collided with a truck, resulting in 1 fatality and injuries to 9 other passengers. The driver survived.
On Sunday, September 17, emergency services received a distress call regarding the collision on Lop Buri Ramet Road in Baan Kok Mao, just north of the Hat Yai city centre.
Emergency responders rushed to the scene to find the minivan overturned on the road. An unidentified woman inside the minivan died on her way to the local hospital. Meanwhile, 9 other passengers suffered various injuries and were treated on scene before being transferred to hospital for observation.
Remarkably, the minivan’s driver, whose identity remains undisclosed, emerged unscathed from the incident. He has been assisting police with their inquiries.
Witnesses present at the accident site say that the minivan had been in front of the truck and “randomly” changed lanes.
The minivan’s driver told police that he was transporting 10 passengers to Song Khla. He blamed the incident on “his unfamiliarity with the area”, sand denied any negligence, problems with his driving, or the abrupt lane change reported by witnesses.
No legal actions have been initiated in connection with the incident at this stage.
SOURCE: The Phuket Express