September 22, 2023

A shocking car crash on Vibhavadi Rangsit road was captured by Facebook user Sakda Kaewbuadee Vaysse through dashcam video yesterday. Footage of the crash is below.

เกือบตายแล้ว โลรองขับอยู่ดีๆก็เกิดอุบัติเหตุ รถคันหลังมีกล้องเลยส่งคลิปมาให้เราครับ
รถเราสีส้มคันขวา มีแท๊กซี่ชมพูอยู่ด้านซ้าย แล้วรถคันดำขับรถมาปาดหน้าและปะทะรถผม ทำให้โลรองเสียหลักไปทางซ้ายชนกับแท๊กซี่ และรถคันดำก็ข้ามไปชนแท๊กซี่อีกทีจนคว่ำหลายตลบ ตัวโลรองไม่เป็นไรแค่รถพัง แต่แอร์โฮสเตสผู้โดยสารในแท๊กซี่ บาดเจ็บสาหัส
ตอนนี้เรากับโลรองมาคุยกับตำรวจอยู่ที่สถานีวิภาวดี รอการสืบสวนครับ ว่าใครผิด …

Posted by Sakda Kaewbuadee Vaysse on Monday, January 22, 2018

In the video you see what appears to be a black or green Honda overtake Mr. Sakda’s car at speed. [Mr. Sakda was initially driving at 98km/hr]. The Honda then tries to overtake a taxi [who was driving in front of Sakda] by moving from the outside lane to middle lane. The driver of the Honda misjudges the maneuver and loses control after clipping the front of the taxi in the middle lane. The Honda then veers into the inside lane causing a collision with another taxi who was driving in this lane. The taxi on the inside lane rolled over twice before coming to rest on its roof.

We do not know the status of the taxi driver, or passengers. Hopefully seat belts were being worn by all the taxi’s occupants.

According to a World Health Organization survey from 2015, Thailand has the second-highest road fatality rate in the world. [This survey used 2012 data]. According to government statistics, 14,059 people were killed on Thai roads and highways in 2012. This translates to a road-death rate of 36.2 people per 100,000. Only Libya beat Thailand, where 73.4 people per 100,000 died that same year.

According to the report only 52% of motorbike drivers – who accounted for 70% of all road and highway fatalities – actually wear a helmet. The report also stated only 20% of pillion passengers wore helmets. Alcohol is responsible for 26% of all road deaths.

Our take…

Bangkok Unmasked has driven down Vibhavadi Rangsit road countless times, and the style of driving by the Honda is unfortunately all too common. [Speeding, weaving in and out of lanes, and not using indicators]. While we have never seen a car crash on Vibhavadi Rangsit road, we have heard of some horrific accidents on this stretch of highway. Bangkok Unmasked hopes that the driver of the Honda is prosecuted for what is truly shocking driving.

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