Pattaya Van Driver Dies After Falling Asleep and Hitting Truck

Pattaya —

A van driver lost his life when he reportedly dozed off at the wheel and crashed into a highway truck near Pattaya on Thursday afternoon, April 4th, 2024.

The accident was reported to Banglamung Police Station around 1:30 PM. Police and resuce workers rushed to the scene on an overpass in the Nong Manao area, Banglamung sub-district, Banglamung district, Chonburi province, to find a grey Toyota van had crashed into a six-wheel truck.

Inside the destroyed van, rescue workers found the deceased, later identified as 39-year-old Mr. Suthiphon Ketmak. The victim suffered fatal injuries, including a broken neck and a broken right eyebrow. Mr. Suthiphon died in the driver’s seat. Rescue workers used cutting equipment to remove the body from the vehicle.

Mr. Sopon Chokprasopsert, 30, the driver of the 6-wheel truck, told police that he was driving behind a road sweeper on the overpass with his emergency lights on when the van suddenly crashed into the back of his truck. He then called the police to report the accident.

Police initially believed that the van driver fell asleep at the wheel. They took the truck driver and witnesses to the police station for further questioning. The body of the deceased was taken to Banglamung Hospital for relatives to collect for religious ceremonies.


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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.