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Good Samaritans on the scene of a car crash near Pattaya in the early hours of Sunday morning tried desperately to save the lives of three people inside a burning Nissan Note.
There was a man and a woman and a boy inside the car that had snapped a lamppost and ended up in the central reservation.
One of the rescuers, Chairat, 26, said that the woman was still conscious and was told to close her eyes as the rescuers attempted to smash a window. There was already a small fire.
But suddenly the fire rapidly took hold and beat back the rescuers who could only try and put out the flames with water thereafter.
The three people inside succumbed in the fire.
A five year old boy who was thrown clear in the accident survived with only minor injuries in what 77kaoded said was a miracle escape. He was taken to Bang Lamung hospital.
The accident happened around 5am on Route 331 heading towards Chacherngsao.
Huay Yai police examining markings on the road suggested that the driver of the car had fallen asleep behind the wheel before hitting the lamppost.