Protesters' Car Crashes In Hua Hin, Killing 4

Rescue workers pose with "Shutdown Bangkok" scarf found inside the wrecked vehicle, 3 February 2014

(4 February) A pick-up truck carrying almost a dozen anti-government protesters has crashed in Prachuap Kiri Khan province last night, killing 4 people.


6 people were also injured in the accident, which took place in Hua Hin district. The injured victims were later transported to Hua Hin Hospital. 
It is believed that the driver has fled the scene, and the police have not yet located the person for further investigation. 
Bags of clothes were seen scattering around the area, including anti-government protest outfits and accessories.
One of the wounded passengers, Mr. Somjai Choochuisuwan, who serves as a village headman in Prasaeng district of Surat Thani province, said he and other passengers were supporters of the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD).
The group had joined the protest at Lumpini Park several days ago, Mr. Somjai said. When he and a co-protester, who was the missing driver, decided to return to their home province in Surat Thani, some other protesters reportedly asked for the ride home as well. 
Many of the passengers have not known each other prior to the accident, Mr. Somchai added.
Mr. Somjai explained that he was sitting on the passenger’s seat next to the driver when an oncoming big truck suddenly hit into the side of the pick-up truck. The vehicle then hit into many trees before stopped at a large tree, Mr. Somjai said, and many passengers were thrown out of the car.
Hua Hin Police said they are trying to identify and search for the driver of the pick-up truck, in order to proceed with the investigation.  

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