13 burn to death in multiple vehicle pileup


CHAIYAPHUM, June 2 — A fire broke out after an 18-wheel truck crashed head on with a passenger van in Chaiyaphum province, engulfing both vehicles and burning 13 people to death.

The accident took place at 5.30am on a two-way road in Kaeng Khro district, according a police officer here. A Toyota passenger van carrying Vietnamese passengers hurtled into the Isuzu 18-wheeler truck igniting the fire.

The police officer said eight men and five women were burned to death.

Three others were injured in the accident, he said, the van driver, the truck driver and one van passenger.

The survivors were taken to Kaeng Khro hospital for treatment.

Police suspect the van driver had dozed off while driving as his vehicle was not in its proper lane.