Three men were killed and six others injured when a car rammed into a group of cyclists on the Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai highway in Chiang Mai’s Doi Saket district on Sunday morning, police said.
Pol Maj Suriyan Chansai, an investigator at Doi Saket police station, said the incident occurred at about 5.45am on Highway 118.
Witnesses told police that while a group of about 30 cyclists from San Sai Cycling Club in Chiang Mai were pedalling past kilometre marker No.8 on an out-bound lane to Chiang Rai, a Toyota Yaris car, which was travelling at high speed, rammed into the group from the rear.
The three cyclists killed were Saman Kantha, 62, Pongthep Khamkaew, 40, and Chaiwat Yonglan, 63.
Six cyclists were injured, two of them seriously. They were admitted to Doi Saket Hospital.
Also injured in the incident was the female driver of the Yaris, Suthiporn Jairuan, 23, a third-year student of a local university.
Police said Ms Suthiporn would initially be charged with reckless driving causing death and injury.