Four Mexican Tourists Dead in Phichit Van Crash; Six Injured

Scene of the van crash that killed four Mexican tourists Thursday night in Phichit province.

PHICHIT — A van crash in Phichit province last night killed four Mexican tourists and injured six others Mexicans, police said today.

The victims were family members on a vacation in Thailand and were en route to the historical city of Sukhothai when the crash took place at around midnight, according to an officer at a local police station.

The van apparently slammed into a tree next to the highway. Rescue workers took nearly an hour to pull the injured tourists from the van wreckage. 

“They just arrived in Thailand last night, at Don Mueang Airport, and rented a van,” said Police Lt. Col. Surawat Surawatmontri, an officer at Pho Prathap Chang Police Station. 

Surawat speculated that the crash may have occurred because the tourist who was driving at the time was exhausted. 

The six injured survivors have been admitted to a local hospital. Surawat said some of the tourists told police they were headed to Sukhothai prior to the crash. 

Police are collecting information about the incident and will inform the Mexican Embassy soon, Surawat added. 

 

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