PHUKET: One man died and four others were injured in a three-vehicle crash on the bypass road near the Samkong intersection yesterday afternoon.
The three vehicles involved in the accident were a pick-up truck, a Honda Jazz and a Toyota Vios.
“Two other passengers in the pick-up truck, Dawreung Sunseang, 40, and Rian Kanthawong, 60, sustained serious head injuries.”
Damnoen Tanya, 48, the driver of the pick-up truck and Santichai Tanyai, 34, a passenger in the truck sustained minor injuries. Nemwan Kwannimit, 48, the driver of the Honda Jazz; Aton Akaso, 31, the driver of the Toyota Vios, and a five-year-old passenger in the truck, were reportedly not injured.
“According to witnesses, the pick-up truck was traveling at high speed and trying to overtake on the inside lane, but lost control and hit the other two cars,” Maj Santi said. “The tyre of the pick-up truck then exploded, causing it to spin around and crash onto the side of the road.”
Ms Nemwan and Mr Akaso said they did not see anything and were suddenly hit from the back by the truck.
Mr Damnoen, however, told police that the two cars crashed into each other first, causing him to lose control.
Police are checking CCTV footage and questioning witnesses to corroborate the conflicting stories before pressing charges, confirmed Maj Santi.
— Winai Sarot
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