One Dead as Local Authorities’ Vehicle Struck by Falling Tree

 | Thu 13 Aug 2015 08:46 ICT

CityNews — A 10 metre long portion of a tree collapsed onto a truck that was transporting local authorities from Chiang Rai Provincial Agricultural Extension Office. The truck was driving along a road in Wiang Pa Pao’s Mae Chedi Mai in Chiang Rai on August 11th, along with three other pickup trucks transporting authorities that day.


The driver of the damaged truck, Sangwan Nanta, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rescue officers took around four hours to retrieve three injured people from the mangled vehicle. One passenger was severely injured, and all passengers were immediately sent to Wiang Pa Pao Hospital.

The tree’s branches also caused damage to another pickup truck that was driving behind the severely damaged truck.

According to Sompon Saenkam, who was in another truck that was unscathed from the accident, the convoy of four trucks was on their way for an educational trip to an organic coffee farm.