Truck driver falls asleep at the wheel and runs over pickup truck in Chonburi with family inside, young boy survives but both parents killed

PHOTO: Trikunnatham Rescue Team

Chonburi –

A mother and father tragically passed away yesterday, with their young son and his aunt surviving with minor injuries, after a trailer truck driver fell asleep and ran over their vehicle while they were sitting in the emergency lane with warning signals flashing waiting for roadside assistance in the Mueang Chonburi district.

The Mueang Chonburi Police were notified of the accident yesterday afternoon (February 27th) on Sukhumvit Road in the Klong Tamru sub-district.

Emergency responders arrived at the scene to find a large white container truck sitting atop a smaller black pickup truck, as seen in the photos. The vehicle had been completely flattened and the response teams said it was a miracle that two people had survived relatively unscathed. Unfortunately, the parents of one of the survivors, a seven-year-old boy, both perished in the accident.

Two people were found deceased inside the pickup truck, Mr. Kankawee Pichitchonpan, 31, the driver, and Ms. Kannika Promthong who was the driver’s wife, sitting behind the driver’s seat.

PHOTO: Trikunnatham Rescue Team

The two survivors, who both suffered only minor injuries, were Ms. Nisarat Nuiplee, 54, the sister of the deceased woman, and a seven-year-old boy, the son of the deceased couple. His name was withheld due to editorial policy.

Ms. Nisarat spoke with reporters and was shaken but calm, “I am the driver’s sister. We were heading back to Surat Thani and had parked on the side of the road with warning lights flashing as we were experiencing vehicle problems. We were waiting for roadside assistance when the accident took place.

“Without warning, the much larger tractor-trailer literally ran over us, flattening the roof. Somehow, myself and my nephew were not injured seriously and I pulled him out of the vehicle. My younger sister and her husband were killed instantly. I immediately called police and emergency services and made sure the truck driver did not try to flee, as he must be held accountable for this.” Nisarat explained.

The trailer-truck driver, Mr. Saksit Boonlaor, 28, reportedly told first responders, “I admit that I fell asleep at the wheel before running over the pickup truck.”

At this stage, Mueang Chonburi police said the truck driver is facing charges of reckless driving causing death and he was taken into custody following the tragic accident.

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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 and Krabi except when commuting between the three.