Chonburi Wreck: Van Driver Was Sober but Sleepy

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CHONBURI — High speed and fatigue were blamed Wednesday for the fatal crash in Chonburi which killed 25 people.

Driver Sumon Eiamsombat had driven five back-to-back trips between Chanthaburi and Bangkok for at least 31 hours beginning 4am on Sunday until the time of the accident on Monday afternoon, according to Pornsak Thaijeamaree of Chanthaburi’s land transport department.

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A forensic examination of Sumon’s body found he was sober, according to Maj. Gen. Pornchai Suteerakun of the Forensic Science Institute. Twenty-five people died when the van he was driving passed over the road median into oncoming traffic and collided with a truck head-on.

Police have not said how fast the van was traveling at the time of the accident.

Police spokesman Maj. Gen. Piyapan Pingmuang said the victims’ families can sue the van company for compensation.

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