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Sleepy driver survives car fire on HW7

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PATTAYA:--A sleepy driver survived a car fire April 11 on Highway 7, when onlookers woke him in time to escape.

 

Narong Yomha, 52, told police he was on his way home from work when he became too tired to drive at half past midnight, so he pulled over to catch a nap.

 

He was awakened by people pounding on his bronze Chevrolet window, yelling at him to get out.


Firefighters arrived too late to save the car, but no one was hurt.
The cause of fire was unknown.

 

-- PATTAYA MAIL 2019-04-13--

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So he effectively stopped on a motorway/toll road to take a nap.

Berk.

I am glad his car was destroyed. 

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1 minute ago, Vacuum said:

Well, to his defence, he actually stopped and had a nap. Most victims are stopped by a tree or electric pole, and never wake up again.

Trust you to improve on my glad image. :passifier:

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6 minutes ago, jacko45k said:

So he effectively stopped on a motorway/toll road to take a nap.

Berk.

I am glad his car was destroyed. 

So you believe that he should have pushed on and perhaps had an accident and maybe killed a couple?

 

He did the right thing though perhaps in the wrong place. Tiredness and press-on-itis has killed many more people than stopping on the expressway ever will.

 

BTW there are a few dedicated laybys on the route 7 and he may have been in one of them.

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Highly unusual for a car to burst into flame in this manner. I do wonder what was the cause of this fire?

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Car was on fire before he stopped.? He felt tired because of fumes from the fire or lack of oxygen?

 

 

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18 minutes ago, billd766 said:

So you believe that he should have pushed on and perhaps had an accident and maybe killed a couple?

 

He did the right thing though perhaps in the wrong place. Tiredness and press-on-itis has killed many more people than stopping on the expressway ever will.

 

BTW there are a few dedicated laybys on the route 7 and he may have been in one of them.

No, I believe he should not have embarked on the journey, or made a stop at a suitable place, perhaps for a coffee. Parking up on a motorway and going to sleep in your car is extremely stupid and causes accidents. 

Right thing in the wrong place, what gobbledygook is that?

 

The picture in the IOP does not show a lay-by, nor are there any on Hwy 7 I recall,  except near the toll kiosks. There is an emergency lane, that of course gets used for parking.

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39 minutes ago, billd766 said:

So you believe that he should have pushed on and perhaps had an accident and maybe killed a couple?

 

He did the right thing though perhaps in the wrong place. Tiredness and press-on-itis has killed many more people than stopping on the expressway ever will.

 

BTW there are a few dedicated laybys on the route 7 and he may have been in one of them.

He did not do the right thing at all. Most responsible people when driving any distance plan into their journey routine stops and breaks to prevent such tiredness occurring to the point where you can not continue and have to stop and sleep on a motorway.

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6 minutes ago, Kim J said:

Most responsible people when driving any distance plan into their journey routine stops and breaks to prevent such tiredness occurring to the point where you can not continue and have to stop and sleep on a motorway.

Not in Thailand, there's numerous examples of this.

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1 hour ago, Kim J said:

Highly unusual for a car to burst into flame in this manner. I do wonder what was the cause of this fire?

Many house fires are caused by smokers falling asleep before properly extinguishing their fags. 

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I have said it before and I will say it again, there are insufficient rest areas on any Thai roads, I have traversed this country North, South, East & west, over 10,000 kms on leisure trips, there are some spectacular sites and views to be seen which is fine if you are a passenger but as the driver I could not enjoy the views as there was nowhere to stop and admire them.

 

As for route 7, you have the rest areas this side of swampy, then a couple of Emergency parking areas, but no further off road parking or rest/fuel/coffee areas until you get to Pattaya.

 

I just pulled this stat from Google

 

How far apart are motorway services?
Areas Without Services. Motorway services should be as close as possible to being 27 miles apart (although for a short time 12 miles was the standard practice, more information on this can be found in the Unbuilt Services section)
 
He should not have parked there anyway, that's just asking for a truck to run into your backend with very bad results indeed.

 

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6 hours ago, jacko45k said:

No, I believe he should not have embarked on the journey, or made a stop at a suitable place, perhaps for a coffee. Parking up on a motorway and going to sleep in your car is extremely stupid and causes accidents. 

Right thing in the wrong place, what gobbledygook is that?

 

The picture in the IOP does not show a lay-by, nor are there any on Hwy 7 I recall,  except near the toll kiosks. There is an emergency lane, that of course gets used for parking.

Or as a 4th or 5th lane 😂

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6 hours ago, Vacuum said:

Not in Thailand, there's numerous examples of this.

Yes indeed. Hence my caveat "responsible people". Unfortunately when it comes to Thai drivers self responsibility is a rarity.

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10 hours ago, Golden Triangle said:

I have said it before and I will say it again, there are insufficient rest areas on any Thai roads, I have traversed this country North, South, East & west, over 10,000 kms on leisure trips, there are some spectacular sites and views to be seen which is fine if you are a passenger but as the driver I could not enjoy the views as there was nowhere to stop and admire them.

That’s a shame.

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As for route 7, you have the rest areas this side of swampy, then a couple of Emergency parking areas, but no further off road parking

There are rest areas along there and trucks are parked there every night. Just look for the rubbish. No bins are provided.

 

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He should not have parked there anyway, that's just asking for a truck to run into your backend with very bad results indeed.

 

Yes, much safer to push on driving while asleep.

 

He was parked near a well lit bridge which was a good move since he was rescued from a fire by passer bys.

 

It saved his life.

Not driving while asleep maybe saved other lives. A clever man.

 

11 hours ago, Kim J said:

He did not do the right thing at all. Most responsible people when driving any distance plan into their journey routine stops and breaks to prevent such tiredness occurring to the point where you can not continue and have to stop and sleep on a motorway.

That’s a bit much isn’t it? He was just going home after work. After midnight. Might have done a heap of OT.

 

Good on him, a hard working responsible man. 

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