Four People Dead After Phang Nga Accident, Victims Were Going to Phuket

PHOTO: Wat Kao Jaroen Tham Rescue Team

Phang Nga –

Four people have been pronounced dead at the scene after a sedan lost control at a curve before careening across a central reservation and crashing into two large trucks on a main road in the Takua Thung district while they were heading to Phuket for a long holiday.

The Takua Thung Police told the Phuket Express that they were notified of the accident on Friday afternoon (October 13th) on the main Phet Kasem Road in front of a school in Baan Chiang Mai, Ka Lai sub-district. Emergency responders arrived at the scene to find a damaged truck on the north bound lane. The uninjured driver, Mr. Sayan Matthawathi, 50, from Samut Prakan, was waiting for law enforcement at the scene.

Sixty meters away rescue teams found a trailer truck with the wrecked sedan embedded in the front of the trailer. The uninjured trailer driver, Mr. Pongsa Chaithom, from Phuket, was waiting for police at the scene.

All four occupants of the sedan were tragically pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident . The driver was identified as Mr. Poompat Woonciew, 29, from Song Khla, who was a nephew of the former Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew.

The other three passengers were Ms. Piyaphon Matsakun, 29, from Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ms. Jureephon Saranan, 27, from Phatthalung, and Ms. Jinnapat Suthat Na Ayutthaya, no age given, from Songkhla. Rescue workers used a hydraulic cutter to free their bodies from the wreckage.

Their relatives who were later informed of the tragedy told police that those four were heading to Phuket for long holidays.

Witnesses told police that the sedan driver lost control at the curve before careening over the central reservation to the opposite lane. The sedan first crashed into a moving truck before colliding with a moving trailer truck and getting pulled for 50 meters before the trailer truck was able to stop.

The Phuket Express noted that the main road from Phang Nga heading to Phuket is 26 kilometers with many curves. There are road signs warning drivers to be careful along the road.

The Takua Thung Police told the Phuket Express no alcohol was found in a breath test of both the truck and trailer truck drivers. Alcohol blood tests are being conducted on the body of the sedan driver.

As of press time no legal charges were filed.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.