Thai insurers compensate families of 13 Vietnamese killed in accident

By T.Tien, Thanh Nien News

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The burnt-out remain of a passenger van which carried 15 Vietnamese after it collided with a truck in Thailand’s Chaiyaphum Province on June 2, 2014. Thirteen Vietnamese were killed in the accident. Photo credit: Bangkok Post 

Two Thai insurance companies on Tuesday handed over 7.4 million baht (US$225,000) to a Vietnamese consulate in Thailand to compensate the families of 13 Vietnamese killed in a road accident last June in northeast Thailand.
Hoang Kim Quang, the Vietnamese general consul in Khon Kaen Province, told Thanh Nien that the families of 12 victims who died on the spot will receive 600,000 baht ($18,241) while the family of a victim who died in hospital will receive 200,000 baht ($6,080) as the insurance companies had covered his treatment fees. 
The consulate representatives will directly hand over the money to the Vietnamese families in Ha Tinh Province this Friday. 
On June 2, a passenger van carrying 15 Vietnamese members of the Order of Preachers Vietnam, a Catholic order, from Bangkok to Nong Bua Lamphu Province, northeast of Thailand, crashed head-on into an 18-wheel truck in Chaiyaphum Province’s Kaeng Kro District. 
A fire broke out and quickly consumed the van. 
Twelve Vietnamese died on the spot, and one another succumbed to his burns more than two weeks later. The Thai van driver was also killed in the accident. 
Two Vietnamese survivors later recovered from their injuries. 
Local police believed that the Thai van driver may have fallen asleep, causing the accident. 
The ill-fated van was part of a five-vehicle caravan that departed Bangkok on Sunday night for a seminar and youth camp at a church in Nong Bua Lamphu's Muang District.

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