Fourteen people, most of them are believed to be Myanmar migrant workers, were killed after their chartered passenger van crashed into the rear of a rice truck in Sing Buri early Friday (Nov 24).
Sing Buri police chief Pol Col Purchase Runinam said the tragic road mishap happened at about 3am on the inbound traffic lane of the Asia Highway to Bangkok near kilometre marker 90 in Sing Buri Muang district.
Initial investigation found that the van driver was taking migrant workers to Nonthaburi province.
The crash sparked a fire engulfing the van with all the people inside.
According to the 10-wheel rice truck driver, he parked the vehicle on the left lane and suddenly the van came and rammed at the rear and caught fire.
A van driver from the same company who was following behind said all the migrant workers were taken from Tak province to work in Bang Bua Thong district of Nonthaburi province.
Police suspected the van driver was sleeping at wheel, prompting him to lose control of the vehicle. They were looking into video footages from adjacent CCTV cameras for investigation.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)