By The Nation
Pol Lieutenant Nanthiya Rakdee, an officer on duty at Muang Chumphon Police Station, said the accident happened at 9.15pm on the southbound Phetkasem Road in front of Wat Tham Khun Krathing in Tambon Khun Krathing, Muang district.
The pickup fell into the ditch in the middle of the road and flipped over.
Nanthiya said four workers were pronounced dead at Chumphon Hospital.
Of the 12 injured, six were in critical condition.
The pickup driver, Poramet Kongwan, who was slightly injured, told police he did not know how the accident had happened. He claimed he was not speeding and was not sleepy but he lost control of the pickup before it fell into the ditch.
He said he was transporting the workers from Chumphon’s Tha Sae district to Surat Thani province.
But witnesses told police they had seen the pickup racing against a six-wheel truck before the accident occurred.