Nakhon Ratchasima woman survives car crash with minor injuries

Picture courtesy of KhaoSod

A remarkable incident in Nakhon Ratchasima left many in awe when 38 year old woman survived a severe car accident with minimal injuries. The accident occurred yesterday around 5.30pm on Road 224 near Ban Nong Pruek in Chok Chai district.

Tachinee Namkasem was driving her black Honda City with the registration number กย 8379 Nakhon Ratchasima when the vehicle lost control and veered off the road. The car flipped multiple times before crashing into an electric pole, resulting in significant damage.

Miraculously, Tachinee was thrown from the driver’s seat to the back seat without being ejected from the car, despite three doors being open. She sustained only minor injuries, including scrapes and bruises, with no broken bones or severe wounds.

Upon closer inspection, a figurine of Phra Luang Pu Nin, a revered monk known as the Deity of Mercy of Southern Isan, was found on the driver’s seat. The statue had fallen from the glove compartment during the accident. Tachinee’s husband, Natthinai Namkasem, noted that he had been worshipping this particular statue for three years, keeping it in the car for protection.

Tachinee said the incident was truly unbelievable after the event.

“I was driving from Khon Buri district to visit my family in Chok Chai when the car slipped, and the next thing I knew, I was in the back seat. People who helped me pointed out that the statue of Luang Pu Nin was in the driver’s seat. They told me to keep it safe, believing it protected me during the accident.”

Tachinee’s husband, Natthinai believes divine intervention protected his wife.

“I have great respect for Luang Pu Nin and have always kept his statues for the safety of my family. When I saw the state of the car, I feared the worst. But seeing my wife safe, I believe it was the monk’s protective power.”

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Kachenpong Sorn Khora Buri, a 35 year old man who witnessed the accident and rushed to help, shared his astonishment.

“I was driving into Nakhon Ratchasima city when I saw the accident. The car was in such bad shape that I thought no one could have survived. But then I saw someone in the back seat. When I asked about the driver, she said she was alone, which was confusing. Then I noticed the statue on the driver’s seat, which I believe saved her.”

Phra Luang Pu Nin Issariko, who once served as the abbot of Wat Khon Buri in Khon Buri district, passed away on August 15, 1994. The statue found in the car is from the Maha Baramee 93 series, created during a merit-making ceremony in 1994, the last series he blessed before his death. The statue is a mixed-metal casting, incorporating sacred elements like betel nut chewed by the monk, reported KhaoSod.

Adding to the series of extraordinary events, when the wrecked car was towed to Tachinee’s home at 353 Moo 1 in Or Pim subdistrict, a cat gave birth inside the damaged vehicle the following night. Locals, intrigued by the coincidences, have taken to using the numbers associated with the incident for luck.

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