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Police officer beheaded after crashing sedan into traffic barrier

An officer from the Chainart Provincial Police Office was beheaded last night after he crashed his sedan into a traffic barrier. The stationary barrier ripped into his car and took his head off.

The dead police officer was reported to be 30 year old Naphatrapee Worawongwaylarath. He was killed by the 10-metre traffic barrier. His damaged black Honda Civic sedan was found in the left hand lane.

According to a report on Thairath, the accident happened at 12.15am on Phahonyothin Road in front of the Wat Laem Wa School in the central province of Chai Nat, central Thailand.

Naphatrapee was seen driving home from work at a high speed. He tried to overtake another car in front, but lost control and crashed directly into the barrier on the left side of the road.

The impact dragged the iron barrier out of its place. The car swirled on the road before it crashed into an electric pole nearby and stopped.

A similar incident happened on February 7 on the Sa Boat-Chai Badarn Road in the central province of Lopburi. A 29 year old man named Mongkhon crashed his pickup into a traffic barrier and killed 18 year old Waraporn on the spot.

The driver, Mongkhon, escaped the crash with a minor injury. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Mongkhon had to undergo drug and alcohol tests.

Two weeks ago, four people were injured after a drunk police officer, Ekkapong, crashed his car into a restaurant in the Bang Khen district of Bangkok. Among the victims, three people were seriously injured and are in intensive care.

According to the data records from the Thai Road Safety Collaboration (Thai RSC), 2,099 people died from road accidents in Thailand between January 1 and February 15 of this year. People injured in road accidents were reported at 106,133 during the same period. Chiang Mai’s roads had the most road accidents.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger focusing on Thai news and what's happening in Thailand. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp.