One person killed and six injured in head-on Phuket crash

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: One man was killed and six people, including two Chinese tourists and a two-year-old boy hospitalised when a minivan crossed the central reservation and collided with an oncoming car early this morning (Nov 6) in Thepkassattri.

The driver of the Honda accord was pronounced dead on arrival at Thalang Hospital.

Thalang police were called to investigate a head-on collision between a minivan carrying two Chinese tourists and a Honda Accord on the southbound side of the Thepkassattri Rd at 1am. It was reported that the driver of the Honda had died and six people had been injured as a result of the accident.

Police arrived at the scene with Kusoldharm rescue workers to find a wrecked Honda Accord with its front completed crushed and the driver, 26-year-old Rachasak Chaithep, trapped inside.

Using the “Jaws of Life”, rescue workers were able to remove Mr Rachasak from the vehicle and immediately took him to Thalang Hospital where he was pronounced death upon arrival.

The passengers in Mr Rachasak’s vehicle were his mother, wife and child, they were named as Rachanee Chaithep, 54, (mother), Montawan Raksarak, 26, and 2-year-old Napat Chaithep.

The three passengers suffered minor injuries and were also taken to Thalang hospital.

Close to the wrecked Honda was a wrecked minivan laying on it side with its from smached into a light pole. Two Chinese tourists who were passengers in the van were seriously injured.

Ms Shengnan Gu, 29, suffered severe head injuries because she was thrown from the minivan due to the impact of the crash. Mr Zhngren Jiang, 29, suffered a broken leg, while the van driver, Sompan Meemuangnok, 31, suffered a broken arm.

All three were taken to Phuket International Hospital where Ms Shengnan remains in a coma.

Pol Lt Col Sanit Nookong said, “The minivan coming from Patong at high speed taking the two Chinese passengers to Phuket International Airport.

“It was raining at the time of the accident and due to the speed the minivan was travelling the driver lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle then crossed the central reservation and crashed head-on into the Honda which was travelling on the opposite side of the road.”

No charges have yet been file, but police said it is likely that Mr Sompan will be charged with reckless driving causing death and injury.