In the quiet hours of a late Wednesday evening in Samut Prakan province, life took a grim turn on Thepparat Road, an essential passage leading to the popular Suvarnabhumi airport. Nestled within the boundaries of tambon Bang Chalong, Bang Phli district, a horrific accident transpired about a kilometre from the airport, claiming a life and leaving calamitous shock in its wake.
The unfortunate incident unfolded around 11:30 pm, when the Bang Kaeo police station’s investigation commander, Pol Lt Col Damrong Sukchusri, was alerted of an accident on the Bang Na-Trat route. The responding police, joined by hospital staff and rescue teams, quickly made for the distress scene.
What looked like a tragic still-life awaited them: a Toyota Alphard van, adorned with Bangkok license plates, lay wrecked by the roadside, its frontal wedged with crushing finality under the hind of an 18-wheeler container trailer truck. The truck also bore Bangkok license plates and was planted firmly in the left lane.
Inside the crumpled shell of the van was the lifeless body of the driver – a 52-year-old Malaysian national, whose identity has been kept in confidentiality until his kin are notified. The man was grotesquely ensnared in his vehicle’s wreckage, meeting his untimely demise with catastrophic injuries to his face.
Recounting the nightmarish event, 57-year-old truck driver Yin Tangnaree explained that he had stopped his container-carrying vehicle at the spot along the road to grab some sleep following a long shift transferring containers from one yard to another. However, as he lay resting, a violent thud against the rear of his truck shattered the quiet night and sent him rushing out to inspect.
What he found paints a grim picture: the van had lunged into his parked truck, leaving the driver trapped in a cocoon of twisted metal and shattered dreams. With the shocking sight in front of him, he immediately contacted the authorities.
In retrospect, he solemnly confessed to not having engaged the emergency lights while he chose to park and rest, an oversight that he would soon regret.
The police undertook a careful inspection at the scene, and preparations were underway to transfer the deceased Malaysian national to the Ramathibodi Hospital’s Chakri Naruebodindra Medical Institute for an autopsy. Meanwhile, Mr. Yin was taken into custody for further questioning as the authorities mulled over potentially pressing charges of recklessness leading to death against him.