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Car rear-ended, woman killed, husband injured

A woman was killed and her husband seriously injured when their car was rear-ended by a pickup in Muang district on Tuesday night, police said.

The accident occurred about 9.30 pm near a three-way junction to Ban Tha Dua on Lampang-Phayao road in tambon Phichai, Pol Lt Col Kamol Kid-an, a Muang police duty officer, said.

Witnesses said the car was travelling out of Lampang town in the far left lane and was hit from behind by a speeding Isuzu pickup going in the same direction.

The violent impact drove the car off the road, seriously injuring the car’s driver, Narong Khanchaiyawong, 58, and killing his wife Chaluay, 55, who was in the front passenger seat.

The rear section of the car was badly crumpled and the front also damaged. Rescuers used a hydraulic jack to force open the wreckage and extract the couple.

The pickup driver, identified only as Sakchai, 25, was taken to Lampang Hospital for a blood test to determine if he was driving under the influence.

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