A Thai woman found her car precariously perched on a small bridge over the Yom River yesterday evening following GPS misguidance.
The incident occurred at approximately 5:40 PM on January 28th when Mr. Makun Inchan, a 38-year-old resident of Wiang Thong in Phrae province, attempted to cross the old suspension bridge over the Yom River and was surprised to find a white Honda City sedan stranded on the bridge.
According to reports, the 120-meter-long bridge had long been designated for pedestrians and deemed unfit for large vehicles due to its narrow surface. Mr. Makun, upon hearing the sedan driver’s pleas for help, immediately contacted emergency responders.
The car was approximately 15 meters onto the bridge, with its front left wheel lodged in a gap. Fortunately, the responders, using two tractors, were able to pull it back to safety without any harm done.
During an interview with the unidentified Thai female driver, it appeared that she was from the Nong Muang Khai district and was travelling to visit a friend in Sung Men. She revealed that she had never been in the area before, so she solely relied on a GPS system to get to the pinned location her friend sent her.
However, she alleged that the GPS instructed her to cross what is called Wiang Thong Bridge, so she decided to follow its guidance without knowing about the bridge’s restriction.
“I was focusing on the GPS and did not look around. I thought the bridge was sturdy and likely used by others. When I became stuck, I was so scared because I was in the middle of the Yom River. I was afraid the car might fall into the river, so I got out of the car to seek help,” the woman told the media.
Mr. Makun, the resident, stated that the bridge was built about 40 years ago and was only suitable for small motorcycles and pedestrians. He urged relevant authorities to put up clear warning signs to warn others.