Three Myanmar migrant workers and Thai driver injured in van crash in Prachuap Khiri Khan

Three female Myanmar migrant workers and a Thai driver were seriously injured in a van crash on Phetkasem highway in Bang Saphan district of Prachuap Khiri Khan before dawn on Thursday (April 5).

The 12 workers chartered the commercial van from Pha-ngan island in Surat Thani back home in Myanmar to celebrate Songkran festival via Mae Sot district of Tak province.

But the van driven by Virachai Raktitham, 38, skidded while it was running on Km 387+800 of the highway in Bang Saphan district.

The van lost control and fell off the road and crashed into roadside trees seriously injuring the driver and three female workers, identified only as Ms Toon, 22, Ms Tida, 32, and Mrs Kentate, 52.

Rescuers from Sawang Ratsatthatham charity foundation and Tambon Ronthong medic arrived shortly after being alerted and rushed the injured to Bang Saphan hospital.

Initial questioning of the workers indicated drowsy driving as the cause of accident.

Police have booked the injured driver for questioning and would charge him later for reckless driving.

The workers worked at Ko Pha-ngan and they hired the van to take them home in Myanmar via Mae Sot for Songkran celebration.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)