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Thailand road carnage: Four family members dead, 8 injured in horror van smash - microsleep blamed

 

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Thai caption: Four family members dead in van smash

 

Four members of a family were killed and eight seriously injured after a hired van they were travelling in hit a tree in the central reservation of the Petchkasem Highway going south in Prajuab Khiri Khan province yesterday. 

 

The family were on their way from Ratchaburi to Betong in Yala when the accident occurred in Ao Noi sub-district.

 

Pictures showed the Toyota Commuter van completely destroyed and a large tree toppled and uprooted. 

 

Two of the dead were thrown clear. Another was the driver stuck in the driver's seat. Another person died in Prajuab Hospital. 

 

It was surmised that the van was travelling at speed down a hill before losing control at a bend in the highway hitting the tree. 

 

It is thought that the driver had what is known in Thai as "lap nai" - a microsleep. 

 

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Nguang - jort phak: Drowsy, stop and rest

 

Who the dead precisely were could not be explained as their possessions were scattered over the area. 

 

Thaivisa notes that thousands of large signs - in Thai - warning motorists to rest if they are feeling drowsy have been erected throughout Thailand in recent years (image attached in this story). 

 

Source: Sanook

 

 

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The deforestation continues as the cat nappers feet appears to get heavier in this phenomenon sweeping the land🤔Rip   

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

It is thought that the driver had what is known in Thai as "lap nai" - a microsleep.

Is that supposed to make it sound better?

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1 hour ago, bluesofa said:

Being pedantic, I would have thought 'microsleep' must be the equivalent to blinking.

 

It seems finding any reason to avoid concentrating and driving properly, by blaming it anything else apart from the driver's incompetence. 'Microsleep' is just the latest in the hub of excuses.

I was in the car with my ex who drove us straight in a concrete pilar. Also a microsleep, one moment alert next moment gone. This was during the day and no long hours of driving. Just 20 km ride and almost home. 


So yes it happens, all I could do is curse did not even have time to grab the steering wheel. Next moment i know we hit the pillar and car spinning around.

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I cannot understand how someone hasn't invented a device, which can be attached to the driver, to monitor his breathing pattern and warn him when he is dropping off. So many fatal accidents could be averted.

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2 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Being pedantic, I would have thought 'microsleep' must be the equivalent to blinking.

 

It seems finding any reason to avoid concentrating and driving properly, by blaming it anything else apart from the driver's incompetence. 'Microsleep' is just the latest in the hub of excuses.


I would’ve thought they’d blame the tree for cutting then off.

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