September 30, 2023

Today Bangkok Unmasked came across CCTV video of a horrific road traffic accident at an intersection in Nong Bua Lamphu. The accident occurred on Saturday.

In the video a nurse Patchanok Poynork, 23, was waiting at traffic lights on her motorcycle. A silver Toyota stops next to her. Moments later a white Nissan driven by Wannapatsorn Lakun comes hurtling down the road, swerves to avoid the Toyota, and smashes into the back of Patchanok’s motorcycle at speed. The unfortunate nurse was thrown thirty meters into the intersection.

The CCTV video – Where’s the first aid by Thai traffic police?

Posted by Đoàn Ngọc Hải on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

[Note: The accident occurs at 0:05]

Wannapatsorn Lakun claimed that she tried to apply brakes, but they didn’t work. She has been charged with negligent driving causing injury.

Daily News reported that Patchanok survived. After being taken to Nong Bua Lamphu hospital on Saturday she was transferred to Udon.

This incident does not surprise us. Thailand’s roads are currently ranked the second most dangerous in the world after Libya’s by the World Health Organization.

What does though surprise us is the lack of first aid administered by the nearby Thai traffic police. In the CCTV video the traffic police seem to stand around and do absolutely nothing to help Patchanok Poynork. One would expect at least the most basic of first aid to be administered such as; checking the victim’s airway, checking breathing and performing CPR if necessary.

A horrific road traffic accident; Where's the first aid by Thai traffic police?

If the Thai traffic police are taught The DRSABCD Action Plan [or something similar], it certainly wasn’t evident in the CCTV footage.

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