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Latest road crash in Tak's Doi Ruak claims 14 lives

Accident close to site where 30 people were killed in bus crash in March

FOURTEEN PEOPLE were killed and two seriously injured when a six-wheel truck crashed into a modified pick-up truck serving as a passenger carrier on Doi Ruak in Tak's Mae Sot district yesterday.

The scene of the accident was close to where a bus crashed on March 25. Thirty people were killed and 20 injured on that occasion.

The mountain also saw another bus crash last week, when a migrant worker was killed and 17 others injured.

Mae Thor police superintendent Pol Colonel Maen Rattanapratheep said yesterday's accident took place at 11.55am in tambon Mae Thor, and that the initial investigation had found that the six-wheeler carrying tin sheets was heading towards Muang district when it suffered a brake malfunction.

The truck lost control and crashed into two pickup trucks ahead of it, before veering across the road and hitting an oncoming truck, causing both vehicles to plunge into a ditch.

Eleven people were killed instantly and three others were later pronounced dead in hospital, he said.

Also yesterday, in Pathum Thani's Sam Khok district, fluid leaked from a crane-truck's hydraulic container, making a 1-kilometre stretch of road slippery and resulting in an 11-vehicle pile-up in the morning.

Two people were slightly injured, while the accident caused a severe traffic jam in the area as the vehicles were cleared and municipality workers cleaned up the road surface.

Thailand has one of the world's highest road-fatality rates at 38.1 road deaths per 100,000 people in 2010, according to the World Health Organisation.

The Kingdom comes in a close second to Dominican Republic, which had 42 deaths. The tiny South Pacific island of Niue is statiscally ranked on top because each road death sharply spikes its fatality rate as it has a population of just 1,400 people.

In related news, a ground collapse at a landfill construction workers' camp caused heavy machinery weighing 9 tonnes in total to crush a male worker to death in Chachoengsao's Muang district on Tuesday evening.

Six workers had fallen into the earthen pit near the camp because of the ground collapse, but five of them escaped being crushed by three backhoes, three pickup trucks, two 10-wheelers and a tractor that were pulled into the pit by the impact of the collapse.

The deceased worker was identified as Yod Sukhoon, 40.

The initial impression of the police is that it was an accident, but they will interview the landfill owner to establish the details.


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