PHUKET: A Phuket-based woman from Trang was killed in a car accident over the weekend while traveling with her family to a popular local market in Takua Thung, north of Phuket.

Rescue workers from the Kusoldharm Foundation on site. Photo: Wanlop Boonchan

Police and rescue workers were called to the scene shortly after 11 a.m. yesterday (January 10) on the Khok Khloi bypass in Takua Thung, Phang Nga.

At the scene, officials found the badly damaged wreckage of a gray Toyota Camry taxi registered in Phuket that hit a lamp post in the central reservation.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Rescue workers rushed to remove the seven people in the car from the wreck using hydraulic equipment.

Wanpen Na Nakhorn (40), her partner Precha Phonrop (45) and their four children drove in the car: Mrs. Natnaree (18); Mrs. Anda, 16; Ms. Panchawan, 13; and little boy Theemethinthorn, 9.

The 7-year-old niece Siranya Meepot of Mr. Preecha was also in the car.

Ms. Wanpen and her family lived in Sakhu, south of Phuket International Airport.

Mrs. Wanpen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have yet to confirm who was driving at the time of the accident, but Khok Kloi Police Captain Thaweesak Kurasri confirmed this morning (Jan 11) that only Mr Preecha remained in the intensive care unit in a hospital.

Captain Thaweesak said he could not describe Mr Preecha’s current condition and declined to determine which hospital Mr Preecha was being cared for, but said that of the six survivors of the accident, one was being treated at Vachira Phuket Hospital another was in Thalang Hospital and a third was in Khok Khloi Hospital.

Captain Thaweesak told The Phuket News Although the car involved in the accident was a Phuket licensed taxi, Mr Preecha was not a taxi driver. Captain Thaweesak gave no alternative explanation as to why the family was in the taxi.

“We know they traveled to Long Lae Market, but we don’t know what caused the accident,” said Captain Thaweesak.

“We are still investigating the accident, but this is not the time to question the people involved,” he said.

Ms. Wanpen’s family in Trang has been contacted and her body has already been given to her family so that preparations for her funeral can begin, Captain Thaweesak said.

Additional coverage from Tanyaluk Sakoot