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Danish man dead as taxi overturns on way to Pattaya

 

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BANGKOK: -- A Danish passenger in a Bangkok taxi died yesterday when the vehicle overturned in Kamphaeng Phet.

 

His Thai girlfriend and the driver survived.

 

Police think the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

 

Cops and medics who arrived at the scene in Don Taeng sub-district found the taxi on its roof in the opposite lane. Dead in the back of the cab behind the driver was 51 year old Thomas Barch, reported Thai Rath.

 

Driver Surasak Jandaeng, 51, from Pathum Thani had head injuries while the Danish man's girlfriend Daeng Sukkun, 26, broke her arm. Both were taken to a local hospital then transferred to Kamphaeng Phet Hospital.

 

The driver told police that he had left Bangkok at 5am and reached Tak at 10am. He was taking the couple to Pattaya.

 

Police believe he fell asleep at the wheel before coming round and losing control of his vehicle as he was too close to the car in front.

He entered the central reservation, hit a power pole and overturned in the oncoming lane.

 

The accident happened between kilometer markers 395 and 396 on Pahonyothin Road.

 

Source: Thai Rath

 
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"The driver told police that he had left Bangkok at 5am and reached Tak at 10am. He was taking the couple to Pattaya."

he was taking them the very long way around ?,  RIP Danish guy. never got to the promised land.

regards worgeordie

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"The driver told police that he had left Bangkok at 5am and reached Tak at 10am. He was taking the couple to Pattaya."

 

Bangkok to Pattaya via Tak. That's the route most of us would take I'm sure  . . .  :sad:

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I had a driver from the limo service at the airport nodding off and weaving all over the motorway from the airport to pattaya, I yelled at him to wake up and he got pissed at me.

All the rest of the way I had my eye on him and when he closed his eyes I clapped  my hands, he got angry every time and said he wasn't tired or sleeping. Must save face.

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1 hour ago, AGareth2 said:

tragic

but was he wearing a safety belt?

a lot of the times the belts can't be used because the buckle is missing. i've gone fishing around for them behind the seat (god knows what germs i picked up!).

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42 minutes ago, taichiplanet said:

a lot of the times the belts can't be used because the buckle is missing. i've gone fishing around for them behind the seat (god knows what germs i picked up!).

You're damn right there, always the front passenger seat for me! (I usually travel alone, so no one behind is going to fly forward either).

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3 hours ago, worgeordie said:

 

"The driver told police that he had left Bangkok at 5am and reached Tak at 10am. He was taking the couple to Pattaya."

he was taking them the very long way around ?,  RIP Danish guy. never got to the promised land.

regards worgeordie

"he was taking them the very long way around ?, "

 

What do you mean?

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3 hours ago, kwonitoy said:

I had a driver from the limo service at the airport nodding off and weaving all over the motorway from the airport to pattaya, I yelled at him to wake up and he got pissed at me.

All the rest of the way I had my eye on him and when he closed his eyes I clapped  my hands, he got angry every time and said he wasn't tired or sleeping. Must save face.

Loved to of been in the taxi with you.it sounds very funny.:cheesy:

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3 hours ago, tracker1 said:

Im sure he was traveling at the legal speed Flippin vehicles RIP

5 hours from Bangkok to Tak? that is moving, on that leg anyway. I could only imagine a few scenarios for that sort of route. Either:

a. Girlfriend leaving Bkk to pickup boyfriend in Tak and then on to Pattaya.

b. Boyfriend leaving Bkk to pickup girlfriend in Tak and then on to Pattaya.

c. Both leave Bkk together and the taxi driver is on the meter.

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4 hours ago, kwonitoy said:

I had a driver from the limo service at the airport nodding off and weaving all over the motorway from the airport to pattaya, I yelled at him to wake up and he got pissed at me.

All the rest of the way I had my eye on him and when he closed his eyes I clapped  my hands, he got angry every time and said he wasn't tired or sleeping. Must save face.

Its my wish to die in my sleep just not behind the wheel of a car. 

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Just now, wirat69 said:

Usually difficult to fly in any other direction!!!

...it's what happens when the back seat passenger is not belted-up too.

 

As far as the vehicle rolling goes, I've been in a "roll-over machine" at work with HSE training, the belt holds you tight into the seat vertically also, when the vehicle inverts, possibly preventing or lessening head injuries.

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