BANGKOK, February 2, 2012 (AFP) - Four young Swedish tourists and their driver died after a head-on collision between their rented car and a lorry near Thailand's southern resort town of Phuket, police said Thursday.
The two couples, all in their early twenties, died instantly along with their 26-year-old Thai driver. The lorry driver fled after the crash early Wednesday and is being sought by police.
The holidaymakers were travelling to Chumphon province on the Gulf of Thailand to go diving when the lorry swerved across the road and hit their vehicle, said police in Phang Nga province, where it happened.
"All five died at the scene," case officer Captain Santi Prakobpran told AFP.
The Swedish Embassy in Bangkok confirmed that the families of four of the country's nationals had been informed of the fatal accident, without giving further details.