Ministry asks for verifying identity of victims in Thai road crash

The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry asked the Ministry of Public Security to verify identity of victims in a road accident in the Thai province of Kanchanaburi that left 10 migrant workers dead, including five Vietnamese.

After the accident occurred on March 23, the Vietnamese embassy in Thailand contacted provincial authorities to take citizen protection measures.

It will will work with the host and Vietnamese agencies to bring bodies of victims home at the earliest.

The embassy also asked the transportation company to offer financial assistance to victims’ families.

The Foreign Ministry directed the embassy continue keeping track of the case.

Relevant information are available via the embassy’s hotline 66 89 896 6653 or Vietnam’s citizen protection hotline 84 981 84 84 84.

In its latest announcement, Thailand’s CPS company, which employed Vietnamese workers, said it will initially offer 200,000 THB (2,000 USD) to families of victims, then 700,000 THB depending on vehicle insurance.

According to the Thai media, the accident occurred in an intersection 150 km west of Bangkok.

The surviving driver of the 16-seater van said the car was on way to Phunamron border gate, Myanmar when it was hit by a truck behind at an intersection without traffic light.

The van later plunged into a roadside canal after the crash.

About 100 search and rescue staff, drivers, public security and army forces were rushed to the scene to search for the victims.

All eight bodies were found, including a pregnant woman. Four others were sent to a nearby hospital.

VNA