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BANGKOK 22 July 2019 04:40
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Two tourists injured as "awake all night" baht bus driver falls asleep at the wheel

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Two tourists injured as "awake all night" baht bus driver falls asleep at the wheel

 

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Source: 77Kaoded

 

Two foreign tourists were taken to hospital with bloodied head wounds early this morning after a song thaew (baht bus) mounted the footpath on Pattaya Sai 2 road. 

 

They were passengers in the back of the vehicle driven by 38 year old Surasak Narkthae.

 

Witnesses said that the baht bus hit two parked cars and collided with a parked motorcycle that was propelled into a tailor's shop smashing the front window. 

 

The accident happened about 6 am this morning.

 

Surasak said that he had been awake all night and was tired and drowsy. He said he fell asleep at the wheel (a micro-sleep known as 'lap nai' in Thai).

 

He was detained by police for further questioning. 

 

Source: 77Kaoded

 

 

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48 minutes ago, webfact said:

He was detained by police for further questioning

Was that with the aid of a spotlight to keep him awake?

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39 minutes ago, LoS itaint said:

Hope theres a follow up to this post informing us of how this pans out for the 2 foreign tourists. Pretty obvious where the blame lies but will the tourists be re imbursed all it has cost them. I very much doubt it!

If the tourists were Chinese they may get some recognition and compensation for their injuries. The best anyone else can hope for is the usual bunch of flowers and a wai, of course all accompanied by a photo opportunity for a few of Pattaya's finest.

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Ooh suits you ( not ) .. looks like the bahtbus is sniffing a bit of Pattaya bush .. 

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32 minutes ago, Kim J said:

No brake failures or plethora of other excuses we constantly hear? That is a refreshing change.

Falling asleep is an excuse in Thailand and absolves him of all responsibility,

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

Witnesses said that the baht bus hit two parked cars and collided with a parked motorcycle that was propelled into a tailor's shop smashing the front window.

Presuming the tailor's shop was owned by an Indian, it was obviously just a practice for the oncoming culling season, now that the Chinese numbers have been reduced.

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8 minutes ago, Moti24 said:

practice for the oncoming culling season

Someone call Greenpeace..help stop this barbaric practice :wink:

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9 minutes ago, johng said:

Someone call Greenpeace..help stop this barbaric practice :wink:

Called them..too busy rescuing the rescuers. 

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2 hours ago, Kim J said:

Well that is a surprise. He actually admits falling asleep!! Does that mean for once we have a Thai man involved in a road accident that would appear to be admitting he was at fault?

No brake failures or plethora of other excuses we constantly hear? That is a refreshing change.

No, when he comes out of shock he will remember the 3 eyed 12 legged monster who ran into the road naked and breathing fire from its belly button 

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