BANGKOK, THAILAND (BNO NEWS) — Seven people were killed on Wednesday morning when an overloaded pickup truck plunged into a canal in central Thailand, a local newspaper reported on Thursday. A dozen others were injured.
The accident occurred on Wednesday morning when the pickup truck skidded off the road and plunged into about 4 meters (13.1 feet) of water in an irrigation canal in the Ban Phraek district of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province, according to the Bangkok Post.
The newspaper said the truck was heading for Lop Buri province from Ang Thong on the Ban Phraek – Lop Buri road, which runs parallel to the irrigation canal near the Khlong Nong Maew watergate in Ban Phraek district’s tambon Song Hong. The vehicle was carrying 19 people.
Police confirmed seven people who were inside the truck’s cabin were killed, while the twelve people riding in the back of the truck were injured and taken to area hospitals. The cause of the deadly accident was not immediately known, but police are investigating the incident.