Foreigners Among 14 Killed in Sing Buri Van Crash: Police

SING BURI — A van which police said was carrying foreign workers crashed into a truck early Friday morning in Sing Buri, killing all 14 aboard.

A van collided into a 10-wheeler truck and was engulfed in flames at about 3am on Friday on the Asian Highway in Sing Buri province, killing 14 people including the driver. The rescue team took about 20 minutes to put out the fire.

Col. Picha Rujinam of Mueang Sing Buri Police said the 13 passengers were migrant workers from Tak province but said they couldn’t verify their nationalities since their ID were burnt. The van driver, Pathompat Panpol, 47, is thought to be the only Thai among the dead.

Picha said Pathompat might have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Sunthorn Fukthong, the truck driver, told police he was driving when the van crashed into the back.

Earlier this month, four Japanese tourists and one Thai guide died in a van crash in Ayutthaya province. Only one day after New Year’s Day, 25 people died in a collision between van and truck in Chonburi.