Six people were killed and four injured early yesterday morning when a pick-up truck carrying illegal Cambodian workers broke through a checkpoint in Chon Buri's Sri Racha district and crashed into a concrete bridge pillar.
Police found the bodies of four men and two women inside the wrecked Ford pickup. The incident occurred at about 5.15am.
The four injured people were taken to Laem Chabang Hospital.
Witnesses told police that the truck was speeding towards Pattaya City and was chased by a police car.
They heard tyres screeching and saw that the vehicle had crashed into the pillar.
They then removed the injured from the vehicle.
Meanwhile, a special taskforce team, a collaboration between the Army’s Burapa Task Force and Sa Kaew immigration police, arrested four alleged human traffickers and rounded up 49 illegal Cambodian workers in three separate incidents yesterday.
The team spotted a suspicious pick-up truck in Sa Kaew’s Klong Hat district and gave chase, stopping it at Khao Din Village.
They found 14 undocumented Cambodians inside the truck.
The team learned that the workers paid Bt1,500 each to a middle man to get jobs at a Bangkok construction site.
The workers and the truck driver, Amnuay Jerdpimai, were arrested.
In another incident, pickup truck driver Urant Boonpitak and wife Arom Tipachai were arrested along with eight illegal Cambodian workers in tambon Noen Mak Kheng, Wattana Nakhon district.
Urant told officials he transported the workers from Bangkok to the border for Bt1,000 per head.
In another case, the team arrested pick-up truck driver Niwat Dathong while he was transporting 27 illegal Cambodian workers from Chon Buri to the border.
Niwat said he was paid Bt10,000.