An Indian national was killed and two others severely injured when their vehicle veered off the road and collided with a tree in Buriram at high speed.
In an official statement released later that day, lead investigator Pol Capt Kajornsak Bucharam at Nong Hong Provincial Police Station is quoted as saying: “Around 04:00 early on Saturday morning, a local resident notified us about a road accident. We were told at the time that at least one passengers had died at the scene and others were severely injured.”
Police, Sawang Jamyatan Rescue Foundation volunteers workers and an emergency doctor from Nong Hong Hospital all hastened to the scene of the accident. According to investigators, it occurred between kilometre post 58 and 59 on Rural Rd 2166 on a curve about 260 metres north of Ban Non Ngiu temple in the Buriram’s Sao Dio subdistrict.
“When we arrived, we saw an SUV which had carreered through a crash barrier on the left hand side of the road and collided head-on with a group of trees only a few metres further up the road,” said Pol Capt Kajornsak describing what he thought had happened at the scene. Police said the vehicle was a silver four-door Toyota with the Nakhon Ratchasima license plate ขฉ 6707.
Inside the SUV, police found three males. Two of them had survived the impact, but the driver, 28-year-old Verma Cautam, had died at the wheel. The two surviving passengers, Amit Kumar, 22, and Sing Umed, 32, to Nong Hong Hospital.
A male resident who had witnessed the fatal crash was seen helping police to piece the scene together. He wished to remain anonymous, but Pol Capt Kajornsak quoted him as saying the vehicle was heading south towards the Nong Ki district and approached a bend in the road where the accident happened.
According to Pol Capt Kajornsak, the road was wet and slippery as a result of a recent rain shower:a slippery wet surface, the fact that the foreign passengers were unfamiliar with the road and the speed at which the vehicle was travelling all likely contributed to this accident.”
“The impact was so intense that we are surprised any of the passengers survived,” said Pol Capt Kajornsak. Mr Cautam’s body has been scheduled for a post-mortem examination to determine whether alcohol was an additional contributing factor to the vehicle skidding out of control.
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