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Cops ‘sorry’ for missing body in car

BANGKOK: The Highway Police Division (HPD) has expressed regret over an incident in which its officers were accused of failing to notice a body trapped inside a wrecked car for 12 hours in Pattaya earlier this week.

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 13 August 2022, 11:56AM


An emergency response worker examines a car that crashed on Motorway Route 7 in Si Racha, Chon Buri on Tuesday morning. The dead driver was not discovered inside the car until almost 12 hours later. Photo::@fm91trafficpro / Twitter, Thai Truck Laemchabang / Facebook, via the Bangkok Post

An emergency response worker examines a car that crashed on Motorway Route 7 in Si Racha, Chon Buri on Tuesday morning. The dead driver was not discovered inside the car until almost 12 hours later. Photo::@fm91trafficpro / Twitter, Thai Truck Laemchabang / Facebook, via the Bangkok Post

The family of Phattharachai Atthaporn, 68, is suing the HPD and the rescuers for their part in the oversight, reports the Bangkok Post.

Mr Phattharachai was driving along a motorway heading to Pattaya on Aug 9 when his vehicle veered off the road and crashed.

When police and rescuers arrived and approached the mangled wreckage they failed to notice whether Mr Phattharachai was still in the vehicle.

The car was towed to the police station with the victim still inside and left there for 12 hours before the police returned and discovered the body.

The HPD and the rescuers came under heavy fire for their alleged negligence, prompting the division to hold a joint press conference with the Highways Department to explain the matter on Friday (Aug 12).

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HPD Commander Pol Maj Gen Ekkarat Limsangkan offered his regret over the incident and said a fact-finding panel has been set up jointly with the Highways Department to investigate the oversight.

He said officers initially did not see the driver and thought he may already have been taken to hospital. It was not until investigators found no hospital had admitted Mr Phattharachai that they returned to the wrecked car and discovered his body inside.

Mr Phattharachai’s family indicated earlier that if he had been taken to hospital promptly he might have survived.

Dr Pakorn Wasinrat, from the Institute of Forensic Medicine, said the man suffered serious injuries which may have caused death minutes after the crash.

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Kurt | 15 August 2022 - 15:43:49

Thai always get away with ...sorry..., and ...misunderstanding...   Ever hear a Thai  Official taking the blame for something what they handled wrong? No fotosession of 5-9 thai for saying ..sorry. Pathetic.

Old guy | 13 August 2022 - 21:06:12

How did the police figure the car got there?
Who did the give a ticket to?
Who did they ask for tea money?
Who is going to fire (no relocate) every one of the police involved?

Old guy | 13 August 2022 - 20:53:05

C'mon. How can anyone expect police to actually do anything? 

Capricornball | 13 August 2022 - 16:27:56

Boy, another great example of what an extraordinary organization the RTP is. The level of detail in this particular "accident investigation" is about as unprofessional as you could find anywhere on the planet. To arrive at an accident scene like this and not even bother looking inside the vehicle is beyond words. This embarrassing act should spell the last week on the job for many people...

 

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