Ten dead in Khon Kaen crash

KHON KAEN ― Ten people were killed and one other was seriously injured after an 18-wheel trailer truck hit a motorcycle and ploughed into a loaded e-tan farmers' truck in Waeng Noi district on Sunday morning.

The accident occurred on the Waeng Noi-Pol Road between the 20th and 21st kilometre markers when the motorcycle ridden at high speed by a 20 year-old man with a pillion passenger of the same age was overtaking the e-tan which carried nine people. The rider failed to get back to the left lane and slammed into the approaching 18-wheel trailer truck loaded with gravel. 

After hitting the motorcycle, the truck, driven by Pongthana Boon-aree, 35, from Buri Ram, veered to the opposite lane and swept the e-tan off the road before it overturned. Police arrested Mr Pongthana after the accident. 

Police said only one person on board the e-tan, Kampang Soongkang, 42, survived the horrific crash. He is in a critical condition. 

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Discussion 1 : 16/12/2013 at 02:01 AM
RIP those innocents in the e-tan truck. They'd have been traveling in the truck because they had no choice. If life had been more fortunate for them, like you and I, they'd be driving their own vehicles but a bare self-sufficiency existence doesn't afford them such a luxury.
Discussion 2 : 15/12/2013 at 10:00 PM
http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/road_safety_status/2013/data/table_a2.pdf WHO counted the number of deadly traffic accidents per 100.000 inhabitants per year. 1. place to Niue(pacific island) with 1500 people and yearly 68,3 deaths per 100.00. 2nd place to Dominician Republic 41,7 3rd place to Thailand with 38,1. (26.312 people died in 2012) Germany has for example 4.7 (still about 3600 people every year, that has been reduced from above 20.000 in early 70's) . But 20.000 people times 50 years, this is a war....
Discussion 3 : 15/12/2013 at 09:36 PM
It infuriates me that the police, supervising a school exit onto a busy main road, take no notice at all of the under-age drivers, no helmets, three-up etc, coming out of the school.
Discussion 4 : 15/12/2013 at 07:59 PM
The truck driver arrested for driving on his side of the road? He should have been drunk, speeding, driving a Ferrari and killing a policeman. Then he would be OK (providing his family had connections and money).
Discussion 5 : 15/12/2013 at 07:44 PM
I cannot understand why people are allowed to ride in the back of these trucks when driver and front passenger are required to use seat belts it makes no sense.
Discussion 6 : 15/12/2013 at 07:13 PM
Like most things wrong in Thailand, this kind of tragedy is because the police refuse to do the job they are paid for. The only action they take against motorcyclists is occasionally asking for a 100 baht donation from those not wearing a helmet. I live in the countryside here and often see kids as young as about 10 riding motorcycles past a police post, three on a bike with no helmets. Killers in the making.
Discussion 7 : 15/12/2013 at 07:11 PM
So many things need to be improved. Starting with driver licence (to easy to pass examination), road construction (not only the huge holes in any countryside road, also the crazy u-turns on highways because they want to save on modern secure crossing and bridges), drug abuse, driving under alcohol, 9 or more people on a pickup without any security belt, no professional technical controll of car condition, no limitation of driving time for truck drivers etc etc. If not improving all of this, Thailand will stay under the top 3 countries of casualties from car accidents forever.
Discussion 8 : 15/12/2013 at 06:20 PM
i have had three mishaps on thai roads and it has always been with a motorcyclist, thankfully they were minor scrapes but certainly not my fault!
Discussion 9 : 15/12/2013 at 06:08 PM
They behave so stupidly because they are!
Discussion 10 : 15/12/2013 at 06:07 PM
I can't believe I got a 'thumbs down'. Do the asylum doctors know you have access to a computer?
Discussion 11 : 15/12/2013 at 05:43 PM
I have a sign on the back window of my truck (in Thai) that warns that I ignore idiots on motorbikes. And like the sign says, I do!
Discussion 12 : 15/12/2013 at 04:55 PM
I remember the british couple who where on a around-the-world cycling tour, having gone trough 23 countries they where finally killed in a thai traffic accident. This sad story is only one of many, where tourists gets hurt in thailand. Does anyone out there have information about how many tourist that actually gets hurt or die in traffic accidents in Thailand every year? Tourists going to thailand are very naive about how safe it is, they are more concerned about contracting infections, getting all sorts of vaccines, but do not worry about going with the kamikaze tuktuk drivers.
Discussion 13 : 15/12/2013 at 04:50 PM
It was obviously the motorcyclist's fault as it usually is here so why arrest the truck driver who must have almost had a heart attack. I detest most Thai motorbikers with a vengeance they behave so stupidly. Condolences to the families of the dead.
Discussion 14 : 15/12/2013 at 03:52 PM
Let's pray for the Victims and hope that something like that never happen again.
Discussion 15 : 15/12/2013 at 03:51 PM
When will the authorities take action to prevent this carnage, which is a daily occurrence on Thai roads?

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