Thai man dozes off using GPS, crashes car into barrier, and dies

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A 31 year old Thai man tragically lost his life after his car veered off course and collided with a barrier on a U-turn near Ban Mueang Luang in Chachoengsao province. The incident occurred at 3am this morning, and witnesses say the driver seemed to be dozing at the wheel prior to the crash.

Police officer Dechrit Srikacha and a local rescue team arrived at the scene on Road 304, Panomn Sarakham-Chachoengsao in Samet Nuea sub-district, Bang Khla district, Chachoengsao. They found a Toyota Yaris with the registration 9กน7705 Bangkok. The car was severely damaged from the collision with the barrier on the central road.

The victim was identified as 31 year old Wuttichai (surname withheld). He was found in a slumped position against the driver’s door. After his body was removed from the car, a mobile phone showing a planned route from the accident site to Bangkok was discovered.

An eyewitness who had been driving behind the victim said they had noticed Wuttichai’s car swerving, and he appeared to be in a drowsy state. The witness tried to alert Wuttichai with high beams, however after stopping at a petrol station, they later saw the fatal accident.

The police are gathering evidence and questioning related individuals to determine the exact cause of the incident. The victim’s phone will be used to contact his family for further investigation into the tragic events.

Last year, a man focusing on the directions on his GPS drove into a pond in Chon Buri. He was able to escape through the car’s window and swim to shore, but his car sank into the 15-metre deep pond.

The man said he was driving from Bangkok to Chon Buri to visit relatives over the weekend when he went onto a road he wasn’t familiar with. He turned on his GPS to navigate and was so focused on the GPS that he didn’t notice an upcoming turn. He lost control of the vehicle and drove into the pond. To read more click here

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