Rescuers at the scene. Photo: YouTube

Five Vietnamese were among eight killed when a van and a truck collided in Thailand on Friday. The passenger van ended up in a canal after hitting the truck and a total of eight foreign workers were killed in the accident.

At about 12:20 pm on March 23, a 16-seater passenger van was hit by a 10-wheel truck at the Srasetthi intersection Muang district in Kanchanaburi province, the VN Express reported. Local media reported that both vehicles ended up in a roadside canal after the collision.

About 100 police officers and rescuers rushed to the scene and eight bodies were recovered by 1:40 pm. According to Vietnam’s embassy in Thailand, five of the eight casualties were Vietnamese nationals.

Two others were still missing and were said to have drowned. Four other passengers were rescued and taken to a local hospital. The driver of the passenger van survived the collision.

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