By The Nation
Bangkaew Police Station was informed of the deadly accident in Bang Phli district, Samut Prakan province, in the early hours of Monday.
The grey Isuzu pickup truck was found flipped over at the scene with 12 dead bodies and six injured inside. Two of the survivors later succumbed to their injuries.
All the victims were students from Si Sa Ket Technical College, who were interning at a factory in Samut Prakan. Technicians from the factory had taken them to a concert to celebrate the end of their internship. After preliminary investigation, police said that while returning from the concert, the pickup probably raced another car at high speed and the driver is suspected to have lost control of the vehicle, which hit an electricity post, flipped over and skidded for 200 metres.
Reacting to the tragedy, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan told a meeting of the National Olympic Committee that he has been pushing for a ban on passengers sitting on the beds of pickup trucks.
He said that it was hard to solve this problem when people don’t want to implement the law even though the law forbids such practices and there have been concerns about safety. He said the measure will now be reconsidered.