Two Thai men and one Pakistani national died in Phichit province when their car veered off the road, overturned and landed in a lake next to a road.
Noen Po Municipality of Sam Ngam district in Phichit province officially confirmed the accident on Sunday afternoon. According to a short statement> published on the municipality’s Facebook page, the incident had taken place at 12:19 on the Asian Highway 117 connecting Phitsanulok with Nakhon Sawan between kilometre 84 to 85.
Matichon Online spoke to deputy investigator Pol Capt Wirasak Jansom of Nong Sano Police Station who said that he was notified of the accident at about 13:00. “We were informed of a car accident in Noen Po subdistrict involving fatalities,” the investigator told media journalists later that day. Together with a medical examiner from the Sam Ngam Hospital and Poh Teck Tung rescue workers, Pol Capt Wirasak and additional officers travelled to the given location to inspect the accident.
“What we found was a completely demolished black Honda City lying upside down in a small muddy lake at the bottom of a slope next to the road,” Pol Capt Wirasak described the crash site. “The car was bearing a Bangkok license plate with the registration number ฆภ 3946.”
Upon inspecting the scene, rescue workers found the body of an Arab male still stuck on the driver’s seat. His identity card identified him as Asad Bilal, a 40-year-old man from Pakistan who had been residing in Australia, police revealed.
Police also found two Thai men, Totsit Rueta, 30, and 35-year-old Chali Rattawip, laying dead with severe injuries around 20 metres around the car. Mr Totsit lived in Chiang Rai, Mr Chali’s home was said to be in Uttaradit province, police said.
“At this point, it is unclear where the men were heading and for what reason,” Pol Capt Wirasak admitted. However, in an initial investigation report, Pol Capt Wirasak assumed that driver Mr Bilal might have dozed off for a few seconds and veering off the road, leading to the fatal accident that killed all three passengers.
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