Pickup truck backs off second story car park

PHOTO: A pickup truck fell after backing into a second-story parking space in a car park in Bangkok. (via Siam Rath)

Some expats may be confused when they see a Thai person back a vehicle into a parking space. Pulling in forward is much faster, but Thais prefer to spend an extra few minutes navigating their car backwards into parking spaces to save a few seconds on a quick escape when they leave. But backing into a parking space comes with its dangers, as a truck driver in Bangkok found yesterday.

The driver of a pickup has been injured in an incident in Bangkok after his car fell from a parking lot on Rama 4 Road. The Thung Maha Mek Police Station’s investigative inspector said that a pickup truck with a Bangkok registration fell from the second floor of the parking building.

The fall wasn’t huge though. After crashing through a railing and backing off the ledge of the second-level parking space, the truck plummeted just 2 meters.

The driver of the pickup truck admitted that he was collecting things from the car at the time of the incident. He explained that he accidentally “missed the accelerator pedal,” though likely meant that he slipped and hit the accelerator pedal. That caused the car to reverse and hit the railing, ultimately resulting in it falling from the second floor to the first floor.

Rescuers quickly arrived at the scene and took the injured man to Theptarin Hospital. The extent of his injuries is yet to be confirmed.

This is not the first time an incident of this nature has occurred in Thailand in recent years. Last year, CCTV footage captured a man intentionally driving his car off the third story of a car park of a shopping mall in Nonthaburi.

The footage showed the car crashing against the wall without breaking it then speeding toward the wall again and crashing through it to land on the road below. The car landed upside down, but the driver only had minor neck injuries, and could still walk and talk.

And the year before, in a bizarre accident in Nakhon Ratchasima that amazingly resulted in only two injuries and no deaths, a pickup truck smashed through a wall and plummeted six floors. The truck crash took place in Muang district on the 8th floor of a hospital parking building.

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.