Devastating road accident in Chumphon leaves one dead, six injured

A pickup truck, carrying six workers, swerved drastically to avoid an oncoming motorbike, resulting in the vehicle flipping and leaving one dead and six injured. The incident occurred around 5pm yesterday, in Chumphon province. Manoch Plodkankan, an investigative officer from the Lang Suan Police Station, was among the first to arrive at the scene.

The accident happened off the Asian Highway 41 at the intersection of Ban Khuan-Na Phya Road. The pick-up, a half-tonne Toyota model with Bangkok license plate number TCJ 8112, had veered into a water-filled ditch.

The front bumper was found detached from the vehicle, the roof above the driver’s seat was crushed, and the windscreen shattered. The stainless-steel fence of the truck bed was also damaged. The seven occupants of the vehicle, all workers, were scattered in different directions across the road, crying out in pain.

Initial first aid was provided to all injured, among whom was a woman approximately 50 years old, later identified as 54 years old, Sawas Promjinda. She was unresponsive, and despite receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), she succumbed to her injuries upon reaching Lang Suan Hospital. The other six people suffered from minor injuries such as broken arms, dislocated shoulders, and various bruises.

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The injured workers revealed that they were returning home after collecting fallen palm fruits from a garden. The driver, identified as 43 years old, Somphon Mitphan had loaded the truck almost to full capacity with the fruits.

As it was getting late, he decided to drive back home. It was during this return journey that the accident occurred. Somphon had attempted to overtake a car but had to swerve violently to avoid a motorbike coming from the opposite direction. This sudden manoeuvre caused the vehicle to lose its balance and flip, throwing all the occupants in different directions.

The case is currently under investigation. Further questioning of the injured workers will provide additional details to determine any charges against Somphon. The accident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of careful driving to ensure the safety of all road users, reported KhaoSod.

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