At 6:00 PM, on October 31st, 2023, the Pho Klang police officers received an accident report about a 22-wheel oil tanker lorry that had crashed and caught fire on the Pak Thong Chai level bridge, Mittraphap Road, Mueang, Nakhon Ratchasima.
At the incident scene, fire trucks and the rescue team were dispatched to extinguish the fire and control the situation after 40 minutes. The oil tanker lorry carried more than 30,000 liters of fuel and was heading from Saraburi to Khon Kaen. Nearby, an 18-wheel rice lorry was hit in the rear of the vehicle.
The accident caused a heavy traffic jam for more than 5 kilometers as a crane was called to relocate the wrecked oil tanker lorry.
Mr. Vira Kongporn, the 43-year-old oil tanker lorry driver, suffered a minor injury and was transferred to a nearby hospital. According to the police report, Vira reportedly stated that he noticed the rice lorry in front of him, however, the oil tanker lorry was heavy and he could not stop his lorry in time before colliding with the rear of the rice lorry.
Initially, the Pho Klang police officers would further investigate the exact cause of the accident. Likely, Vira would be charged with reckless driving, police added.