11 people burned alive in terrible road accident in Thailand
A tragic accident in Thailand claimed the lives of eleven people who were burned alive in a liquefied natural gas minivan
Eleven people, including the driver, were burned alive after a Toyota liquefied natural gas minivan drove into a dividing drainage ditch and burst into flames Saturday night, the Bangkok Post reported.
The accident occurred in Nakhonratchasima province in Si Khiu district at about 9:30 p.m. on the Mitrapap highway leading to Bangkok.
According to an initial police investigation, the Toyota van, registered in Amnat Charoen, with a driver and 11 passengers on board, was heading from Amnat Charoen to Nakhonpathom province. Between mile markers 99 and 100, the minibus veered sideways, rammed into a metal fence, and fell into a separating drainage ditch. After which the minibus, running on liquefied natural gas, caught fire.
The head of Hook 31 Rescue Squad near the scene said he heard a loud explosion and rushed to the scene and found the van completely engulfed in flames. One passenger managed to get out of the burning bus.
A fire truck arrived and soon extinguished the fire. But 11 people, including the driver, were burned alive. The passenger who escaped death was 20-year-old Tanachit Kingkaev. He was rushed to Si Khiu Hospital.
Provincial Governor Saksayam Sirimongkol personally inspected the scene and went to the hospital to visit the victim. Police are investigating to determine the cause of the accident.
Liquefied natural gas vehicles have some advantages over other types of engines, but they also have some potential safety concerns. The main risks are explosion and fire hazards. Because the gas is pressurized, it can explode if not used properly.
To avoid the risks, gas-powered vehicles should be serviced regularly. Drivers are also advised to learn how to properly use gas vehicles to avoid potential safety issues.
Overall, CNG vehicles have their advantages and disadvantages. But with proper use and preventative measures, the drawbacks can be minimized and the vehicle can be operated quite safely.
On January 21 evening on the Mitrapap Highway in Nakhonratchasim, a minibus fell into a separating drainage ditch and caught fire. Eleven people were burned alive and only one passenger was able to get out of the vehicle. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)
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