Two French women died in a horrific accident when their SUV taxi collided with a 10-wheeler truck on their way from Koh Lanta to Krabi International Airport on Wednesday afternoon.
The horrific aftermath greeted police officers and rescue volunteers from Miracle of Life Foundation on Phetkasem Rd at around 12:30, not far from the Electric Generating Authority Krabi. “We found two vehicles, a black Toyota Fortuner and a white 10-wheeled Isuzu lorry,” said investigating officer Pol Lt Col Wichet Suwanno of Nuea Khlong Provincial Police Station.
“The lorry was lying on its side whereas the Toyota was totally wrecked. Its roof had totally caved in, and the right side of the car was completely crushed,” he added. The Toyota lay on the grassy central reservation; the 10-wheeler truck (a Facebook source claims the truck had 18 wheels) ended up 50 metres further up near an electric pole.”
“We knew right away that not everyone could have survived the impact from such an accident,” Pol Lt Col Wichet said. Sadly, he was right: the road to Krabi International Airport was strewn with plastic, pieces of metal, personal belongings in addition to two prostrate and motionless female bodies.
Both women were dressed in shorts and t-shirts. “Emergency physicians told us both had died on the scene before they arrived,” Pol Lt Col Wichet said. The two deceased foreign victims were later identified as Mrs Béatrice Bureau (55) and her only daughter Ms Victoria Bureau (18). They had been in the middle of their holiday at the time of the accident.
“The driver was dead, but the passenger, Mr Julien Remy Viallet, 18, was still alive,” rescue worker Mr Pornthep Bunsong said. “We managed to bring him out and rushed him straight to the hospital.” Rescue workers had difficulty removing, Mr Tanad Bankua, the driver of the SUV, because of the extensive damage to the vehicle.
The condition of Mr Viallet is critical but stable so that he will survive, according to doctors. Mr Alain Nicolas Bureau, the son of Mrs Béatrice Bureau who had died in the accident, told police the crash happened as the incoming lorry seemed to have lost control of his truck and ran over the grass barrier crashing into the tourists’ car.
Pol Lt Col announced that the investigation into the case would continue. The French Embassy has been informed of the two women’s deaths.
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