4 Tourists, 1 Guide Die in Ayutthaya Van Crash

AYUTTHAYA — Four foreign tourists and their Thai guide died Wednesday in a collision in Ayutthaya’s Bang Pa-in district.

The van was carrying six passengers when it crashed into a 10-wheeler truck at about 4:30pm on Highway No. 347, engulfing the vehicle in flames and killing everyone but the driver.

Four Japanese tourists died. Khaosod English is withholding their names until their families can be notified.  Thai tour guide Piyathip Krungtai also died in the accident.

Weerachai Ruangsri, the driver of the truck, passed a sobriety test. Van driver Charan Auksornsri, who was severely injured and is being treated at a hospital, will be tested, according to Col. Sa-nga Teerasaranyanon, deputy commander of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya police.

Police are investigating the cause of the fatal accident.

Earlier this year 25 people died in a van crash in Chonburi province during the New Year holidays.

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