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Driver says thick smog led to 3-vehicle pileup in Chon Buri

Caitlin Ashworth



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A driver in a serious 3-vehicle pileup in Chon Buri blames the thick smog for the accident, saying it limited visibility. Two people were injured in the accident, including a 30 year old man who was stuck inside his sedan and rescuers used the “jaws of life” hydraulic tool to remove him from the vehicle.

Another 39 year old man was found lying on the road and his 150cc motorcycle was nearly. Police say he had minor injuries. A 31 year old trailer truck driver told police that the haze from the air pollution made it hard to see.

“I was about to make a U-turn and I was quite positive that there were no vehicles behind me but it was difficult to see due to the low visibility in the air.”

A car driving at a high speed crashed into the truck as the driver was preparing to make a U-turn. The motorcyclist then crashed into the car.

Chon Buri’s air quality has reached “unhealthy” levels over the past week with the amount of the ultra-fine dust pollutant PM2.5 exceeding limits classified as safe, according to IQAir.

SOURCE: Pattaya News


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    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Smog or “ALCOOL”???

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      Jake Pattaya

      Friday, February 5, 2021 at 10:48 am

      And the farmers keep burning, and nobody cares, because it’s a norm.
      They should be told that COVID travels on PM2.5, burning would stopped.
      According to the State of Global Air report for 2019, PM2.5 caused 23,800 premature deaths. By comparison, the Covid-19 pandemic that has plunged the country into panic has so far killed seventy people.

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    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 6:21 pm


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    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    U-turns are already a total nonsense without smog.

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    Mark Hummel

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    I will bet the Thai government could cut the accident rate in half if they would make one simple law. Running lights on during the day. Full lights on in low visibility and at night. Motorbikes are a horror story. Every night between Lamai and Taling Ngam at least 10 motor bikes with no lights at all.

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    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    most o these u-turn are a death trap,not all have a purpose built lane separate from the fast lane,and as we know most drivers find it difficult to adapt to a sudden change ?

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    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    The smoke from burning is a SLOW killer and doesn’t generate the urgency that COVID, a potential FAST killer, does.

    Road accidents are caused by choices people make like illegal u-turns, drunk driving and speeding. If you make bad choices then you suffer the consequences and most people accept this and move on. Similar to drug and alcohol abuse. Most people don’t choose to be infected with COVID so a public policy approach is needed.

    Farmer burning and bad driving in Thailand aren’t going to change unless they want it bad enough and they don’t.

    Comparing COVID to road and pollution death doesn’t resonate. It often just helps justify the false narrative the person making the comparison wants to put forward.

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    James Pate

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:44 am

    It’s fog folks- SLOW DOWN! Saw a fatal u-turn accident once. Broad daylight. Teenage girls. Broke my heart.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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