Nine para-military rangers were injured, one of them seriously, when a truck in which they were travelling skidded out of the road and turned upside down in a ditch on the Asian highway in Jana district of Songkhla Sunday morning.
Police said that one of the rangers, Veerayuth Chimlert, passed out after he was crushed on the neck by a steel bar and he was immediately rushed to Jana and Na Mom hospitals along with the other rangers who were less injured.
Corporal Phirawat Thipnat, the driver, reportedly told the police that he was transporting altogether 18 rangers, including himself and two assistants from the 44th ranger regiment base in Sai Buri district of Pattani to the destination at Hat Yai airport.
The rangers were having a vacation, said the driver, adding that as the truck was approaching Hat Yai, a front wheel accidentally fell into a flooded pothole in the middle of the road, causing the truck to skid out of the road into a roadside ditch and turn over.
Upon receiving a report about the accident, rescue workers rushed to the scene and helped move the rangers out of the truck and send the injured to hospitals.