Two people died and four more have sustained serious injuries in an horrific head-on collision in Udon Thani. One of the deceased is a 61-year-old foreigner from Denmark.
Residents of the Ban Lao Wicha village in Udon Thani’s Na Chum Saeng subdistrict called police after witnessing two cars crashing into each other at high speed. “We received the information at 20:30 on Thursday night and immediately rushed to where the accident site,” deputy investigator Pol Lt Col Sompon Pantapiban at Thung Fon Provincial Police Station said.
The fatal accident took place on Highway 2096 which connects the two subdistricts Muang and Nong Mek. Police and volunteers of the Highway Rescue team were shocked when they first saw the wrecked cars surrounded by the debris of both vehicles on the two-lane road.
Rescuers had to use hydraulic cutters to open the door and rescue the passengers of one of the cars, a white Honda Civic registered in Udon Thani under กธ 863. “The Toyota had five passengers,” investigator Pol Lt Col Sompon said. “One of them, a 32-year-old woman named Chalanda Kaonake who was sitting in the front seat, was already dead when help arrived.”
With her in the car were two children and two adults. All passengers sustained critical injuries during the crash and were rushed to Udon Thani Hospital by rescuers.
Michael Eriksen, a 61-year-old man from the Denmark, was the driver and sole passenger of the second car, a white Toyota Camri, license plate กธ 4411 Khon Kaen. “The rescuers attempted to resuscitate Mr Eriksen, but he was already dead,” Pol Lt Col Sompon described the scene.
To develop a clearer picture of the deadly road crash, Pol Lt Col Sompon questioned villagers who had witnessed the accident. According to them, Mr Eriksen was heading towards Muang subdistrict and Mrs Chalanda, who was on her way home to Sakhon Nakon province, was speeding towards him in the opposite direction. With poor street lighting, both drivers were totally reliant on their car headlights to see the road ahead.
When the two vehicles reached at the curve, heading in opposite directions, one of the drivers lost control, swerved and collided head-on with the car in the oncoming lane. After the collision, both cars came to a complete standstill in the middle of the road.
Police will talk the survivors of the crash once their condition is stable. Meanwhile, Mr Eriksen’s body is being examined by pathologists at Udon Thani Hospital to pinpoint the official cause of death.
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