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Buddhist monks killed in Christmas Eve car crash named

Crash investigators remove one of the cars from the scene. Picture: PA

Crash investigators remove one of the cars from the scene. Picture: PA

THREE Buddhist monks killed in a car crash on Christmas Eve have been identified.

Phramaha Chai Boonma, 36, Phramaha Pranom Thongphaiboon, 43, and Phramaha Kriangkrai Khamsamrong, 35, died in the accident A68 just south of Pathhead, Midlothian.

The Thai monks were travelling north along the A68 near the Fala Tunnel at around 7.30am on Monday when their Nissan Note overturned and collided with a southbound Skoda Octavia.

All three died at the scene while a 47-year-old male passenger and the 61-year-old female driver of their vehicle were taken to hospital with various injuries.

A 74-year-old man driving the Skoda was also taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Road policing officers closed the road for around six hours to investigate the crash.

Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

 
 
 

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