Driver blames “faulty GPS” for driving into a lagoon in Chonburi

PHOTO: Wisarn Sangjaroen / Top News

Chonburi –

A driver escaped without injuries last night after driving his personal vehicle into a lagoon in the Phan Thong district, claiming he was following GPS navigation that was faulty and that the incident was not his fault.

Rescue workers were notified of the accident at a lagoon in the Marp Pong sub-district just before midnight last night, January 10th, 2022. First response teams arrived at the scene of the accident to find the white sedan partially submerged inside the lagoon. It took more than one hour to pull up the sedan from the water which was about five meters deep by using a crane truck.

The driver was uninjured, although soaking wet, and had managed to swim out of his vehicle to the shore nearby.

PHOTO: Wisarn Sangjaroen / Top News

The sedan driver, whose name was withheld by Phan Thong authorities investigating the accident, stated to the press that he was coming from Bangkok to visit his relatives in Chonburi. He claimed he was simply following GPS navigation which led him to drive directly into the lagoon. The driver claimed the accident was no fault of his own and fully the responsibility of the GPS company.

Phan Thong police stated that no charges would be filed in the incident, however, advised drivers to be aware of road conditions around them and not fully rely on a GPS map.

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Goong 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 closing in on three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya, Chonburi and Phuket, 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 except when commuting between the two.