Five workers taking a rest after cutting grass were killed and another one badly hurt when a car driven by a Malaysian tourist rammed into them in Rattaphum district (Songkhla) on Tuesday afternoon.
The fatal crash occurred at around 3:00 p.m. on Asia Highway in Tambon Khuhatai, said Pol. Lt. Col. Thewa Daoruang, Chief Investigator at Rattaphum police station.
A black Proton car with Malaysian license plates was found plunged into a ditch when police arrived at the scene.
A police investigation found that the car, driven by a 31-year-old Malaysian woman, was traveling from Krabi on the way to Hat Yai when it hit an object on the road. This caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which rammed into a group of six workers sitting beside the road and plunged into the roadside ditch.
The force of the crash killed 4 workers on the spot and seriously hurt 2 others. One of the injured workers was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
The dead victims were identified as Iem Chaikaew, 53; Witchaya Thongma, 51; Somporn Sawatdiraksa, 54; Theerawut Mongkhol, 37; and Wirat Semkhai, 34. The injured worker was identified as Bamreur Ketmoon, 56. All worked at the Kamphaeng Phet highway station.
The Malaysian woman of the Kelantan state, who drove the car, and two other Malaysian women were unhurt.
Police were investigating and charges would be pressed against the driver. They have notified the Malaysian consulate attached to Songkhla about the crash.
Ms. Pimthada Chansuriya, chief of Rattaphum district, inspected the scene of the crash and ordered concerned agencies to take care of the families of the dead victims and the injured worker. She later went to the police station to follow up the police investigation.
Source: Bangkok Post