Five people were killed and another five seriously injured when the pick-up truck of a family returning from a shopping trip collided head-on with an oncoming pick-up truck just one kilometre before reaching the family’s home on Sunday night in Chachoengsao.
Following a report of the fatal crash in Bang Pakong at 9.30pm, police and rescue workers rushed to the scene – the Rang ta Sorn curve on the old Sukhumvit Road in tambon Song Khlong.
They found four dead bodies – later identified as Apichat Wanarat, 31, Sasinat Lertsuwan, 30, Pimpisa Lertsuwan, 31, and Patch-amporn Lertsuwan, 57 – in a Mitsubishi Triton pick-up truck that had overturned in the roadside ditch. Passenger Piyawat Pliansiri, 35, who had been thrown from the vehicle, was seriously injured.
Piyawat said his group was returning from a mall and was only one kilometre from home when the crash took place.
Officers found the other pickup – a Toyota Revo – on the road with four injured people trapped inside, along with the dead body of Pitak Saengnak, 23.
The wounded four were later identified as Nattapol Jaiyot, 27, Nisa Sonmang, 32, Natchakul Jaiyot, 9, and Pitak’s seven-month-pregnant wife Jintala Nilakhon, 20.