A pickup truck reportedly carrying illegal migrants overturned while attempting to escape police inspection in the Maharat District of Ayutthaya province yesterday morning, December 8th, killing three people and injuring another 15.
Police officers from the Maharaj Police Station and rescue volunteers arrived at the scene after being alerted of the incident at around 7:40 AM. A wrecked vehicle was found rolled over on the side of the road. Three deceased males were also discovered, reportedly being thrown out of the truck from the impact of the accident. The three men’s names, ages, and nationality were not immediately released by Ayutthaya officials.
About 15 injured passengers, both men, and women were found lying nearby and crying for help. They were rushed to the nearest hospital for medical assistance.
According to Singburi Highway Police Chaiwichit Saensub, two suspicious pickup trucks were inspected due to driving in a competitive manner, when police officials were patrolling in the Singburi area. The police then asked for the trucks to stop but the driver instead accelerated, attempting to escape. The law enforcement officers then followed the vehicle until it crashed and overturned off-road near Klong Ban Na Village 2.
The preliminary examination also exposed that the deceased and injured were all migrants from neighboring countries. The driver, however, had reportedly managed to escape the scene.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident as well as to determine potential links to the migrants and an organized human smuggling network. It was unclear what would happen to the migrants involved in the accident in terms of if they would be deported or allowed entry into Thailand.
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