Truck driver killed as rice pile collapses

A truck driver was instantly killed at a mill in Phitsanulok province on Friday after a pile of paddy collapsed.

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Adul Jantoom, a 39-year-old native of the northern province, parked his truck close to a pile of hundreds of tonnes of paddy at a TSP Rice mill in Wat Bot district while waiting for his vehicle to be loaded for delivery to buyers.

The massive pile was inside concrete walls but one of the walls next to his white Hino truck suddenly collapsed onto the driver's cab and the weight of paddy and the wall crushed the man to death on the driver's seat.

Rescue workers and employees of the mill took more than two hours to retrieve the body from the crushed cab under the pile, using heavy machinery including a backhoe.

The driver had recently been recruited to work at the rice mill.

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