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Six killed, 3 injured in Saraburi lorry crash

A truck loaded with laterite is seen after slamming into a stationary pick-up truck belonging to the Provincial Electricity Authority in Nong Khae district in Saraburi on Sunday, killing five people and injuring three others. (Por Teng Tunk foundation)

SARABURI: Six men, five of them employees of the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA), were killed and three other people injured after an articulated lorry loaded with laterite rammed into a stationary PEA pick-up truck in Nong Khae district on Sunday morning, according to media reports.

The truck, driven by Chucheep Upachit, 27, was carrying laterite from Na Phra Lan area in Saraburi to a client in Pathum Thani province, reported Naew Na online.

At an intersection to Nong Khae market, the driver lost control of the truck, causing it to smash into the PEA pick-up parked on one side of the Bangkok-bound Phahon Yothin road in front of a warehouse at kilometre marker No 85.  At the time, PEA workers were replacing old power poles and repairing high-voltage transmission lines.

The impact caused the PEA vehicle to fly through the air and land in roadside bush about 40 metres away.  The truck rammed into a power pole and the wall of the warehouse, and was engulfed in flames, killing the driver. 

Five PEA employees working at the scene were crushed to death.  They were identified as Samran Sriphum, 27, Sakchai Kerdmee, 25, Suchart Sakaew, 30, Veerachai Malison, 20, and Somboon Maneenart, 45.

Three other people – Veerapol Boonmark, Chaiwat Suthi and Chawin Thaochan — were injured.  They were admitted to Nong Khae Hospital.

Road accident in Narammala kills 2

Two persons including a woman were killed in a road accident at Udapola Junction in Narammala, early this morning.
Police said a lorry, which was traveling at an excessive speed, had veered off the road and crashed onto a tree, injuring 8 occupants of …

Biker died after being catapulted into the air in lorry crash

AN ENGINEER described by relatives as a “gentle soul” died after riding his motorbike into a lorry, an inquest found.

Paolo Rossi, 33, from Seaford, was riding his Honda motorbike on the A27 in Polegate when he veered on to the other side of the road and into a Volvo tipper lorry heading in the other direction.

It caused him to be “catapulted” off the bike.

An inquest into his death at Eastbourne Coroner’s Court yesterday heard that he died at the scene shortly after 5pm on March 27.

His mother said: “He was always the voice of reason, which is something always repeated by his friends.

“He loved his Volkswagen van, his husky and his bikes. He had everything he wanted, his partner Paula, his children and his dogs. He absolutely adored his two step-children Jake and Isobel.

“He was a wonderful, loving young man who worked so hard to provide for his family.

“His aim was to make other people happy and he would never take anyone or anything for granted.

“He had come for a few rides with us and we were proud of his riding skills.

“He was truly unique.

“We are all completely lost without him.”

The inquest heard that Mr Rossi had been riding down the tight road behind a Ford Transit van when other motorists saw him suddenly “fishtailing” as though he was losing control of the bike.

Graham Clarke, 45, from Eastbourne, who was driving the Volvo lorry home after an MOT, did not suffer any injuries in the collision.

The inquest heard his vehicle ended up with two wheels on the pavement at the roadside after it was hit by the motorbike.

Mr Clarke told the inquest: “I could see past the Transit van and could see his motorbike behind it. He was trying to brake and then started to brake very hard.

“He had quite clearly lost control. At the last second he veered across in front of me. The bike took out my bumper and came to a stop at the side of the carriageway.”

Other drivers on the road at the time recalled seeing the bike being “driven well” before noticing an “erratic movement on the motorbike” moments before the crash that sent debris across the road, including one of the bike’s wheels.

The drivers said they rushed from their vehicles to help.

One of them was a doctor who tried to give Mr Rossi CPR, but he could not find a pulse.

Christopher Harrison, a forensic collision investigator for Sussex Police[1], said there was no evidence of any defects in either of the two vehicles involved in the crash.

He said visibility was good and that both vehicles were travelling below the speed limit.

Mr Harrison added: “There is nothing to show any excessive speed with either the motorcycle or the lorry.

“The lorry was in the correct position in its lane and braked hard.

“He had clearly steered to the left to try and avoid the motorcycle.”

Pathologists found the cause of death to be multiple severe injuries consistent with a head-on collision.

A toxicology report revealed that Mr Rossi had taken tramadol, although the prescription pain killer was not present in excess.

East Sussex senior coroner Alan Craze concluded that Mr Rossi died as the result of a road traffic collision.

Mr Craze said: “It is well known that in road traffic collisions the person on a motorbike is likely to come off worse.

“This has been an absolute tragedy.

“It must be devastating for the family to come to terms with.”

References

  1. ^ Sussex Police (www.theargus.co.uk)

Third lorry accident in a week on M5 near Thornbury narrowly …

A LORRY that lost control on the M5 yesterday narrowly avoided echoing Saturday’s horror crash, in which four people died and three others were left in a critical state.

It appears that it was only the strength of the metal barrier that stopped the lorry from veering from the southbound carriageway into the northbound lanes near Michaelwood services, with the vehicle ending up stuck on the central reservation.

There were not believed to be any serious injuries in the incident, which happened just after 7.20am.

Saturday’s horror crash on the M5, between Almondsbury and Thornbury, saw a lorry smash through the central barrier from the southbound carriageway, hitting at least two cars before going off the edge on the other side, at around 2.30pm.

Witnesses have said that one of the lorry’s tyres blew out, causing the driver to lose control.

Among the four people who were killed was 46-year-old Adrian Beaumont, who had been driving a Seat Leon, with his 42-year-old partner and their two children, aged 12 and 10, also in the car – all three remain in hospital, having been admitted with life-threatening injuries.

A fleet of emergency services attended the scene and that section of the M5 was closed for most of the weekend.

Thousands of cars were caught in widespread gridlock as a result, which affected main roads in South Gloucestershire and Bristol and saw tailbacks on the M5 as far as Portishead.

Superintendent Simon Ellis said: “This was a horrific incident which has tragically claimed the lives of four people and seriously injured three others.

“I’d like to thank the emergency services personnel who have been working extraordinarily long hours at a very complex scene to ensure a thorough investigation is carried out and the road is cleared as quickly as possible.

“I’d also like to once again praise the members of the public who courageously went to the aid of those involved in this collision and in some cases rescued them from their vehicles. Their bravery and composure must be commended.”

Inspector Frazer Davey said yesterday: “We’re still at the start of a lengthy and complex investigation to determine what happened.

“Since Saturday, we’ve had more than 50 witnesses come forward with information so it’ll take time to speak to all these people and take statements. We’d like to thank the public for their support and assistance.

“The examination of the vehicles also continues and we’re working closely with experts who will assist us in determining what caused this tragic collision.

“We’re keen to hear from any witnesses who have not already provided their details, in particular anyone who may have been travelling on the southbound carriageway who saw the white Mercedes box van immediately prior to the collision.”

Highways England’s duty operations manager Bev Mears said: “We’d like to echo the sympathy of police colleagues to those affected by this tragic incident and thank the emergency services with whom we have worked closely, along with the public, for their cooperation and patience.”

Last Thursday, a 27-year-old man died when he was hit by a lorry between the Almondsbury and Thornbury junctions of the M5, having left his car parked on the hard shoulder and walked into the road.

Third lorry accident in a week on M5 near Thornbury narrowly avoids echoing previous tragedies

A LORRY that lost control on the M5 yesterday narrowly avoided echoing Saturday’s horror crash, in which four people died and three others were left in a critical state.

It appears that it was only the strength of the metal barrier that stopped the lorry from veering from the southbound carriageway into the northbound lanes near Michaelwood services, with the vehicle ending up stuck on the central reservation.

There were not believed to be any serious injuries in the incident, which happened just after 7.20am.

Saturday’s horror crash on the M5, between Almondsbury and Thornbury, saw a lorry smash through the central barrier from the southbound carriageway, hitting at least two cars before going off the edge on the other side, at around 2.30pm.

Witnesses have said that one of the lorry’s tyres blew out, causing the driver to lose control.

Among the four people who were killed was 46-year-old Adrian Beaumont, who had been driving a Seat Leon, with his 42-year-old partner and their two children, aged 12 and 10, also in the car – all three remain in hospital, having been admitted with life-threatening injuries.

A fleet of emergency services attended the scene and that section of the M5 was closed for most of the weekend.

Thousands of cars were caught in widespread gridlock as a result, which affected main roads in South Gloucestershire and Bristol and saw tailbacks on the M5 as far as Portishead.

Superintendent Simon Ellis said: “This was a horrific incident which has tragically claimed the lives of four people and seriously injured three others.

“I’d like to thank the emergency services personnel who have been working extraordinarily long hours at a very complex scene to ensure a thorough investigation is carried out and the road is cleared as quickly as possible.

“I’d also like to once again praise the members of the public who courageously went to the aid of those involved in this collision and in some cases rescued them from their vehicles. Their bravery and composure must be commended.”

Inspector Frazer Davey said yesterday: “We’re still at the start of a lengthy and complex investigation to determine what happened.

“Since Saturday, we’ve had more than 50 witnesses come forward with information so it’ll take time to speak to all these people and take statements. We’d like to thank the public for their support and assistance.

“The examination of the vehicles also continues and we’re working closely with experts who will assist us in determining what caused this tragic collision.

“We’re keen to hear from any witnesses who have not already provided their details, in particular anyone who may have been travelling on the southbound carriageway who saw the white Mercedes box van immediately prior to the collision.”

Highways England’s duty operations manager Bev Mears said: “We’d like to echo the sympathy of police colleagues to those affected by this tragic incident and thank the emergency services with whom we have worked closely, along with the public, for their cooperation and patience.”

Last Thursday, a 27-year-old man died when he was hit by a lorry between the Almondsbury and Thornbury junctions of the M5, having left his car parked on the hard shoulder and walked into the road.

Tour of trucks for lorry-mad Caerphilly boy

A little boy from Caerphilly’s dream came true when a convoy of trucks drove into town today.

Aaron Elliott has autism and the day was organised as a special treat – as well as to raise awareness of his condition.

He’s been mad about trucks since he was about two. At first you think it’s a typical little boy thing really. But as he’s got older you realise it’s a little bit more than just liking trucks.

I’m on a journey with a little boy that I never expected to be on. He’s my world. And I just want to tell people don’t be afraid of autism. Just embrace it with love. Because it’s amazing.

– Rhiannon Elliott, Aaron’s mum