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Woman killed in car crash, but son, 3, flies out of car and escapes with minor injury

By The Nation

 

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A woman was killed in a car crash in Ubon Ratchathani province early on Tuesday while her three-year-old son miraculously escaped death.

 

At 2.10am, police went to rescue the victims after being notified of the incident. They found Sukanya Tawarom, 26, trapped inside the vehicle.

 

The officers spent 10 minutes trying to pull her out of the car but by the time paramedics came to give her first aid, she was already dead.

 

Meanwhile, her three-year-old son was found outside the car in the middle of the road. He reportedly flew out of the car during the accident. The boy only had a minor injury.

 

Police said the car was being driven at high speed and crashed into an electric post. Sukanya had reportedly left her boyfriend as she had posted a message five hours prior to the accident. Police will call him for questioning.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30396854

 

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26 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

I hope this doesn’t give ‘dumb people’ cause not to place their kids in child seats or use seatbelts. 

 

 

What do you mean? Not using car seats is already the standard arrangement in Thailand and other developing countries. Only upper middle class people use them and that's a tiny percentage of the population. 

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6 minutes ago, TheFreqFlyer said:
34 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

I hope this doesn’t give ‘dumb people’ cause not to place their kids in child seats or use seatbelts. 

 

 

What do you mean? Not using car seats is already the standard arrangement in Thailand and other developing countries. Only upper middle class people use them and that's a tiny percentage of the population. 

 

.......or use seatbelts.

 

 

 

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44 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

 

.......or use seatbelts.

 

 

 

Yes, rear seat belts are almost never used (and they weren't even installed into most new passenger cars until about 10 years ago) while usage of front seat belts seems to hover around the 50% mark. A big increase from earlier days, but far from universal. 

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See it almost everyday...one person driving the passenger in the front with the kid on the lap - no seat belt.  Also, we get lots of weird looks from cab drivers as wifey and I get belted-in in the back of cabs.  

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True, I once refused to pay the taxi fare and asked to let me out after I realized there is no possibility to buckle up in the rear seat. As far as I know it is required by law to buckle up in any seat and accidents happen, even with taxis in Bangkok.

 

Just wondering why they waited for paramedics to arrive and give first aid. Aren't officers trained in first aid?

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57 minutes ago, Mak25 said:

Just wondering why they waited for paramedics to arrive and give first aid. Aren't officers trained in first aid?

This is Thailand.

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23 hours ago, TheFreqFlyer said:

Yes, rear seat belts are almost never used (and they weren't even installed into most new passenger cars until about 10 years ago) while usage of front seat belts seems to hover around the 50% mark. A big increase from earlier days, but far from universal. 

 

Most (if not all modern cars) beeb when the front seatbelts are not used forcing people to use them (or purchase the outrageously moronic ‘dummy devices’ which plug in). 

 

My question to the Car Manufactures would be: Why don’t you also make the rear-seats beeb ????? 

All this money is spent on the ‘stop start’ technology, yet existing safety is not applied to rear seats. 

Why not put Air-bags in the rear of the front seats to protect the rear-passengers ?

 

 

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8 hours ago, RichardColeman said:

You just know the relatives will pick the son up and drive back with him sat on their lap unsecured

 

Unfortunately that truth is the sad consequence of ineffective education. An issue which could be addressed easily with ‘driver education videos’ showing the consequences of no seatbelts, child seats, helmets etc put on a Prime Time TV between the popular soaps.

 

By not attempting to educate people to make their own informed choice the government is failing massively. 

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21 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

 

Most (if not all modern cars) beeb when the front seatbelts are not used forcing people to use them (or purchase the outrageously moronic ‘dummy devices’ which plug in). 

 

My question to the Car Manufactures would be: Why don’t you also make the rear-seats beeb ????? 

All this money is spent on the ‘stop start’ technology, yet existing safety is not applied to rear seats. 

Why not put Air-bags in the rear of the front seats to protect the rear-passengers ?

 

 

They beep for a little while then stop (though this depends on the make/model and year of manufacture). Many Thais (and Asians in neighboring countries) prefer to put up with a 30 second beeping rather than put on their seatbelts.


Anyway, it's been very rare that I've been in a car driven by another person in Thailand in recent years. 99.5% of all my trips have been me behind the wheel. This also applies to trips to neighboring countries where I either take my car across the border or rent one locally. The one country where I still regularly use drivers is Myanmar, seeing that self-drive car rental is not available at the border, though it's now an option in several locations further inside the country. This means if you fly in, you can go and pick up a car straight away, but for land based entries you first need to hire a driver to get you to the nearest pickup location.

 

From my observations, few Burmese drivers or passengers wear seatbelts, far fewer than even in Thailand.

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