Sleepy driver crashes into truck, rebounds into canal, doesn’t escape in time

A man died in a serious road accident in Pathum Thani province, central Thailand, at around 6:30am this morning. Thought to be asleep at the wheel, he crashed into a 6 wheel truck, flinging his car into a canal. He didn’t escape the car in time and died at the scene. The truck driver tried to swerve the car, but missed, simultaneously crashing into the car and the wall of the infamous Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple.

The truck driver, 50 year old Nuttawat (surname reserved) said he was transporting goods when he saw a car swerving across the lanes as if the driver had fallen asleep. Nuttawat said he put his foot on the brake, tried to steer out of the way, but crashed into both the car and the wall of Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple in Khlong Luang District. Nuttawat came out of the incident unscathed, but his truck was badly damaged.

The deceased man was not carrying any documents so couldn’t be identified by police. He was a Thai man around 35 – 45 years old.

Nuttawat said he informed the police straight away. Shortly afterwards, police from Khlong Luang Police Station, rescue workers from the Por Teck Thung Foundation and an ambulance from Thammasat Chaloem Phrakiat Hospital arrived at the scene.

The rescue workers brought equipment to cut the man out of the sunken bronze Toyota car. But, the man sadly died from his injuries at the scene.

His body has been taken to Thammasat Chaloem Phrakiat Hospital and will be returned to his family once his identity has been confirmed.


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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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