Early Morning Car Accident in Chonburi Claims One Life After Driver Drowns in Canal

Chonburi —

A tragic car accident on Highway 331 in Chonburi province has resulted in the drowning death of a 27-year-old man. The incident occurred early yesterday morning, on November 24th around 2:00 AM, near Ban Ko Khao in the Khao Mai Kaew area, Banglamung district.

According to Huay Yai police reports, a black Mazda CX-5 sedan with Bangkok license plates was traveling towards Chachoengsao when it collided with a Toyota Yaris sedan with Chonburi license plates. The impact caused the Mazda to lose control and plunge into a nearby canal, which caused the driver to become trapped and drown.

Rescue teams from the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation were immediately dispatched to the scene, and it took them nearly 30 minutes to extract the body of the Mazda’s driver, Mr. Thanakorn Ariyamongkud, from the submerged vehicle. Mr. Thanakorn, a 27-year-old resident of Sa Kaeo province, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Toyota Yaris, Ms. Apatsara Butchan, 24, sustained no injuries. She recounted the incident to police, stating that she was driving back to her residence when the accident occurred. She explained that the Mazda, which was heading towards Khao Mai Kaew, collided with the rear of her vehicle, causing it to spin out of control and fall into the canal.

Good Samaritans at the scene assisted Ms. Apatsara out of her vehicle and notified the authorities. One of the good Samaritans, Mr. Awut Namchum, 33, said he attempted to break the Mazda’s windows to rescue the driver, but the water quickly filled the car, making it impossible for him to reach the victim.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident and are reviewing CCTV footage from the area. Preliminary findings suggest that excessive speed may have been a factor.

The deceased’s body has been transferred to Banglamung Hospital for storage until relatives can make arrangements for further religious rites.


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Aim Tanakorn
The local news translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-four year old who currently lives in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.