Date
19 October 2017
The wreck of the ill-fated van lies off the road after the accident that killed three Hong Kong tourists. Photo: Bangkok Post
The wreck of the ill-fated van lies off the road after the accident that killed three Hong Kong tourists. Photo: Bangkok Post

Hong Kong tourists killed in Thailand highway crash

Three Hong Kong women were killed when their van ran off a highway and slammed into a tree in central Thailand.

Their driver was also killed, French news agency AFP reported Monday, citing Thai police.

The accident occurred around 5 p.m. on Sunday in central Petchaburi province.

Thee other passengers, all from Hong Kong, were injured including a four-year-old boy, police lieutenant Sayumpho Sittikul said.

“They are not in a critical condition,” Sayumpho said.

The passengers were heading south to visit relatives in Chumphon province.

Pictures from the crash site near the seaside resort town of Hua Hin show a silver minivan upturned, its front end smashed in.

The bodies of four victims are laid out on stretchers, their faces covered by white sheets, according to AFP.

The van likely swerved to avoid a vehicle ahead of it and careened into a slope before striking a tree.

A recent report by the World Health Organization said Thailand saw 38.1 road deaths per 100,000 people in 2010, behind only the Dominican Republic and the South Pacific island of Niue.

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