Close Call: Dozy Thai driver survives after car plunges into ditch in Rayong

A Thai driver travelling from Chon Buri‘s Bowin sub-district to Rayong province suffered non-fatal injuries after his vehicle plunged into a ditch in the Banglamung district. The driver later admitted to having dozed off at the wheel.

A black Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck veered off Highway No. 331 near the Forest Department, heading inbound to Sattahip district, before crashing into a road railing and falling into a ditch dividing the road. The accident occurred at 3am today in the Khao Mai Kaeo sub-district, Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri.

Rescuers from the Sawang Boriboon team arrived on the scene to free the Thai driver, 43 year old Sakchai Phleaplu, who was trapped in the wreckage of his vehicle. After complaining of tightness in his chest, Sakchai was transported to a nearby hospital for further examination and treatment.

Upon speaking with Huay Yai Police officers who responded to the accident, Sakchai revealed that he had been on his way back to his home in Rayong after watching Mor Lam, a traditional style of music from Northeastern Thailand, in the Bowin area. The driver confessed to falling asleep at the wheel, which led to the crash.

Authorities are investigating the incident, considering factors such as road conditions and vehicle maintenance in addition to Sakchai’s drowsiness. The public is reminded of the importance of staying alert while driving, especially during late-night or early-morning hours when fatigue can be a significant factor in reducing a driver’s ability to react and make suitable decisions.

In related news, a Thai woman in Chon Buri was not as lucky as the sleepy Sakchai. She tragically lost her life after the motorbike she was riding was allegedly rear-ended by a British driver. The collision led to her being projected onto the road and ultimately hit by another vehicle. Pornwalai Boonpok, a 37 year old golf caddy, was riding as a passenger on her friend Arunwan Wannawong’s motorbike when the two were reportedly struck from behind by a white MG sedan.

Thai traffic authorities advise motorists to ensure they are well-rested before embarking on long drives and to take breaks as needed. Fatigued driving poses a significant danger not only to the driver themselves but also to other road users.

Close Call: Dozy Thai driver survives after car plunges into ditch in Rayong | News by Thaiger
Pictures courtesy of Pattaya News.

Thailand’s roads have long been considered some of the most dangerous in the world. According to recent data from the World Health Organisation, the country is ranked as having the second-highest road traffic fatality rate globally. Many accidents result from risky driving behaviours such as speeding, drunk driving, and a lack of adherence to traffic rules.

Pattaya News

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.


Top is a multifaceted news writer with a keen interest in real estate and travel. Top currently covers local Thai news at Thaiger. As a travel buff, Top blogs about his travels- around the world and Thailand- during his free time.