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24 students hurt when school truck overturns in Khon Kaen
« on: February 04, 2017, 11:23:22 AM »


Rescue workers with the overturned modified truck at the scene of the accident in Nam Phong district, Khon Kaen on Friday morning. Nine students were badly hurt and 15 others sustained minor injuries when it crashed off the road while taking them to school. (Photo taken from rescue volunteer Thongrob Mapayya Facebook page)

KHON KAEN - Twenty-four students were injured, nine seriously, when a six-wheel truck fitted with seats overturned on a slippery road in Nam Phong district on Friday morning.

The accident occurred about 7.40am on Nam Phong-Kranuan Road in tambon Nong Kun, said Pol Maj Phumin Innok, a duty officer at Nam Phong police station.

It was raining at the time. The truck, taking the students to school, left the slippery road and overturned on the shoulder.

Nine students were badly hurt.  Fifteen others sustained minor injuries. All were rushed to a nearby hospital, Thai media reported.

Driver Suwat Natenee, 50, told police his truck was taking 40 students, from kindergarten to high school level, from four villages in Nam Phong to schools in downtown areas. Some students sat on the roof of the vehicle.

The road was slippery due to rain and he lost control of the vehicle, which was travelling at no more than 60km per hour, the driver said. He tried to stop, but the truck ran off the road and overturned, Mr Suwat said.

Police were investigating.

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