A road rage incident that stemmed from a refusal to yield way led to an accident in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Muang district late on Tuesday night, killing two people and severely injuring another.
Police were alerted to the accident at 10pm on the Karome road at the u-turn spot in front of the Nakhon Vocational School.
At the scene, they found an Isuzu pickup truck had crashed into a bus stop and a power pole, with the driver and two passengers trapped inside.
The driver was dead behind the wheel. One passenger, Pattamawadee Kongwang, 18, died in hospital and another, Suwadee Khampeng, 18, was severely injured.
Police found another damaged pickup at the scene. The driver, Anuwat Pongthongmuang, 22, and his girlfriend were not injured.
Anuwat told police that he was driving his girlfriend home when the Isuzu pickup tried to overtake him, but he refused to give way and sped up.
Anuwat said the Isuzu also picked up speed and started to overtake him even though he was driving at at least 100 kilometres per hour.
Anuwat said when he was approaching the u-turn, he saw a motorcycle with a sidecar was about to cut in, so he braked. However, his pickup swerved to the right and hit the back of the Isuzu pickup, causing it to plunge to the left and hit the bus stop and power pole.
Anuwat was arrested on a charge of reckless driving causing deaths and injuries.