A tour guide was killed and five other people, including the driver, were injured on Wednesday when a chartered passenger van accidentally skidded out of the road and plunged into a roadside klong in Rayong province.
Five passengers and the driver, 47-year Arkhom Kumkhainam, were in the van which left the Koh Samet pier for Bangkok. As the van was travelling on Route 36 toward Pattaya, it suddenly skidded out of the road and ploughed into an irrigation klong.
Police said that the tour guide, Ms Kanokrat Chaicharoensawat, drowned in the klong before the arrival of rescue workers because she could not free herself from the seat belt.
All the injured were rushed to Rayong provincial hospital for treatment.