Famous abbot dies in Phrae single vehicle accident

A famous abbot visiting the north has died after the vehicle he was in crashed in Phrae yesterday morning Aug. 12.

The accident happened on Phrae-Nan Road (Highway 101) in Phai Thon, Rong Kwang District at 6:30 a.m.

The abbot, Phra Ajarn Somkiet Viraya Mano, 53 the Primate of the Khum Phae District in Khon Kaen Province, was traveling in the north including Chiang Mai with three novice monks to make merit when the accident occurred.

The pickup truck he was traveling in is said to have lost control in wet weather, hitting a curve causing it to roll.

The three novice monks in the vehicle were described as injured and taken to Phrae Hospital.