Four Cambodian migrant workers died and four others injured when a pickup truck with over 20 workers overturned and plunged into a canal as the driver allegedly tried to escape a police chase.
The tragic end of the chase happened on Highway 331 near Wat Khao temple in Plaeng Yao district of Chachoengsao province at about 2am on Friday (Dec 15).
The pickup truck was reported to bring over 20 Cambodian workers, all of them are believed to be illegal workers, from Sa Kaeo province to Bangkok.
The truck driver was ordered to stop for search at a road checkpoint on the highway as police saw a large canvass covering the truck bed.
But the driver refused to stop and drive through the police checkpoing.
Police chased after the vehicle but as the pickup truck turned to a rural road running along the Ban Duan canal, it skidded off, overturned and plunged into the canal.
Police and rescue workers helped pull out four injured Cambodian workers out the vehicle, while others reportedly fled before authorities arrived.
Four other Cambodians, including one woman, died at the scene.
Police are searching for the owner of the truck and will question three Thais who were among the workers on the truck.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)