3 killed, 1 injured in Khon Kaen accident

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A road accident involving a car, lorry and pickup truck in Muang district of Khon Kaen on Sunday kills three people. (Photo by Chakkrapan Natanri)

KHON KAEN: A man, his wife and their grandson were killed and another man injured in a road accident involving three vehicles in Muang district of this northeastern province on Sunday, police said.

The accident occurred at about 10am on the Khon Kaen-Phra Yuen road in tambon Ban Wa.

Suriya Thongla, 40, the driver of a pickup, told police that his vehicle laden with papayas was leaving Khon Kaen town when a Suzuki Ciaz tried to overtake it from the left. The road narrowed at that point, and the car crashed into the left side of his pickup, spun around, veered across the median and collided with an oncoming lorry loaded with earth.

The violent collision killed the driver, Art Wichamoon, 50, and his wife Somkid, age not known. Also killed was their grandson, aged two years and eight months, who was sitting on hisgrandmother’s lap in the left front seat.

The driver of the lorry, who was not identified, was slightly injured.

Pol Capt Yongyuth Sadao, a investigator from Muang Kao police sub-station, said he had questioned the drivers of the pickup and the lorry. Forensic police were called to examine the three vehicles to establish the cause of the accident.