Phanom Sarakham police announced the death of a monk on Highway 319 in Phanom Sarakham district on Saturday night.

Five monks and two others were injured in the accident involving three vehicles, in which the abbot died.

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It appears that a truck was awaiting space to make a u-turn, when a van ran into the back of it, resulting in the latter being catapulted into the path of an oncoming vehicle on the opposite carriageway.

Eighty-year-old abbot, Luang Pu Phan Chanthako died at the scene with the injured being transferred to Phanom Sarakham Hospital.

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