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Ranger killed in road accident

A forest ranger was killed after a four-door pick-up he was travelling in plunged into a ditch along a local road in Muang district late on Sunday night, police said.

Pol Capt Pipat Paenghom, a duty officer at Muang police station, said the accident occurred at about 10.30pm at a three-way junction near Moo 5 village in tambon Nam Phu.

When police and rescuers arrived at the scene, they found the pick-up had nosedived into the ditch. When the driver was moved out of the vehicle by rescuers, he was found dead with a broken neck.

From documents found on him, the man was identified as Chatchawal Ngoenngam, 43, a ranger of a forest protection unit from Buri Ram’s Non Din Daeng district.

Police were investigating the cause of accident. 

Local residents said similar accidents frequently happened there, especially in the night, because there was not a sign to tell motorists that a three-way junction was ahead of them, causing them to drive straight and plunge their vehicles into the ditch.

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