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Two burned to death along with 1,000 chickens in fiery Pathum Thani crash

Aug 23. 2019
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By The Nation

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The driver of a trailer truck and his female passenger were heard screaming for help when their vehicle burst into flames after hitting the rear of a 10-wheel truck in Pathum Thani early Friday, police said. Both were killed along with some 1,000 chickens being transported on the 10-wheel truck.

Pol Lt Col Somboon Khobkhokkruad, an inspector of the Klong Ha police station, was alerted at 3.10am of the accident on the Thanya Buri-Wang Noi road at an intersection in Moo 5 village of Pathum Thani’s Klong Luang district.

Fire fighters took about an hour to put out the blaze that engulfed the front of the trailer truck and the back of the 10-wheel truck.

The charred bodies of a male driver and his female passenger were discovered when the fire was finally extinguished.

The impact of the crash caused the 10-wheel truck to hit and damage another trailer truck stopped at the red light ahead of it.

Siripong Malimart, 52, the driver of the t10-wheel truck, told police that he was transporting some 3,000 chickens from Chaiyaphum to Chon Buri’s Si Racha district and that he had stopped at the red light when the accident occurred.

He said he turned the emergency lights on and stepped on the brake now and then so that vehicles behind him could see the brake lights. He said he did not understand why the trailer truck hit the rear of his truck apparently at full speed.

He heard people in the truck screaming for help but the fire broke out and engulfed the front the truck so fast that he was unable to help. 

Police suspect that the trailer truck driver dozed off at the wheel.

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