Yefim Aleksandrovich Shumkov
A 20-year-old diving instructor was killed when his car went off the road and burst into flames in Phuket.
Officers of Wichit Provincial Police Station in Phuket were notified of a crashed car that had caught fire at 15:10 on Sunday afternoon. Police, firefighters and rescue workers rushed to Khao Kad Rd in Wichit subdistrict where the accident had taken place.
On the scene, police and rescue workers found a severely damaged Toyota SUV with a dead body inside. The deceased was later identified as Yefim Aleksandrovich Shumkov, a 20-year-old Russian who worked as a diving instructor for a local diving centre.
Diving equipment, including an oxygen tank, was also found in the car which had already been destroyed by the fire. Police noted that the road was wet from a light rain shower shortly before the crash.
Pol Lt Patchari Wongbun, who investigated the fatal accident, believes that Mr Shumkov had lost control of his car when he reached a sharp turn, throwing the car off the road and onto its side. “Either the crash killed Mr Shumkov or he was unconscious and could not get out of the vehicle in time,” she speculated
Friends of Mr Shumkov later arrived at the crash site and confirmed the identity of the deceased.
The car was equipped with LPG tanks which might have played a role in the factor, Pol Lt Patchari said, adding that the cause of the fire has not yet been established.
Police are continuing their investigation. Mr Shumkov’s body has been taken to Vachira Hospital.
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