Bangkok (The Nation/ANN) - A 30-year-old Russian woman was killed while saving her year-and-seven-month-old daughter from getting hit by an 18-wheel trailer truck in Chon Buri's Sattahip district in Chonburi, Thailand early yesterday morning.
Responding to reports of an accident at 1am, Na Jomtien Police found the Russian woman's body in the left lane of Sukhumvit (Pattaya-Sattahip) Road opposite the Dor-Shada Hotel. Her injured daughter had already been rushed to Krungthep Pattaya Hospital.
Truck driver Supachai Kanchanakrajang, 21, who surrendered to police at the scene, said he was heading home after making a delivery in Pattaya City when he heard screams and looked in the rear-view mirror to see that he had run over a person, so he made a U-turn.
Witness Wilawan Sriboribun said the woman, her husband and daughter were shopping for fruit when the daughter ran onto the road in front of the truck.
The mother pushed her daughter out of harm's way but was herself run over by the truck.
In related news, an 18-wheel trailer truck crashed into the rear of a bus transporting CPF Co workers in Prachin Buri's Sri Mahosod district at 3.30am yesterday before plunging into roadside canal, resulting in five deaths and two injuries. Police suspect truckdriver Eium Pho-ong, 50, dozed off behind the wheel.