Eleven people, most of them Lao nationals, were killed and four others were injured in a violent collision between a passenger van and an 18-wheel lorry in Wang Sombun district of this eastern province on Sunday morning, police said.
Pol Capt Suchart Kokaewthongma, an investigator from Wang Sombon police station, said the accident occurred at about 4.10am on the road under repair in front of the Wang Sombun district office.
The van, with a Bangkok registration plate number, was almost completely destroyed in the crash. The front of the lorry was also damaged.
Rescuers from an emergency rescue unit used heavy tools to cut open the van and extracted the passengers and the driver from the vehicle.
Eleven people, five men and six women, lost their lives. One of them was the Thai driver of the van, identified as Sansern Jirathongkhan, while the others were initially reported to be Lao nationals. Four other Lao passengers were injured.
The Thai driver of the lorry was also injured.
The injured were admitted to Wang Sombun Hospital for treatment. Police were investigating to establish the cause of the accident.
BDST: 1749 HRS, AUG 18, 2019