Drivers blame air pollution/smog for three vehicle accident that injures two people in Pattaya area this morning

Chonburi –

Two people were injured after a sedan crashed into a trailer truck and a motorbike in Banglamung early this morning (February 4th).

Lieutenant Colonel Nitipoom Butwong of the Nongyai Police was notified of the accident on Road No 331 in the Khao Maikaew sub-district at 7:30 A.M..

Rescue workers and The Pattaya News arrived at the scene to find the wrecked sedan on the road. A male driver, whose name was not given, aged around 30, was stuck inside the sedan and suffering from various injuries.

Rescue workers used a jaw of life to free him from the vehicle. He was taken to a local hospital for medical assistance and had suffered moderate injuries.

Nearby, rescue workers found a damaged 150 cc motorbike. The driver, Mr. Kan Promjantuek, 39, had sustained minor injuries and was lying on the road. He was given medical assistance at the scene.

The trailer truck driver, Mr. Apiluck Sangpank, 31, was waiting for Nongyai police at the scene.

He reportedly told police, “I was about to make a U-turn and I was quite positive that there were no vehicles behind me but it was difficult to see due to the low visibility in the air.”

The Pattaya News notes that this low visibility was being caused by a combination of what appeared to be smog and air pollution that has been prevalent in parts of Thailand recently.

“While I was preparing to make my U-turn, the car which was driving at high speed crashed into my trailer truck. Mr. Kan, who was driving a motorbike, then crashed into the car.” Apiluck concluded.

Nongyai police stated they are still looking into the incident overall.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.