A sleepy 1st Marine Sgt. Nipon Phaicharoen, 31, apparently veered over the line on Route 332 near the Kasempol-Ban Chang intersection Oct. 11, narrowly avoiding a freight truck, but smashing head-on into a Mitsubishi sedan driven by Worawut Niljan, 28. He, his girlfriend Phatcharaporn Phanit, 28, and brother Yuttana Lomwong, 23, all sustained injuries. All the victims were treated at Queen Sirikit Naval Medical Center.
Rescue officials use Jaws of Life to extract one of the victims from the wreck.
Prangnaphran Ratchasingh, the driver of a Mitsubishi L200 loaded with cassava, said he saw Nipon’s car come into his lane. He swerved to avoid a collision, but Worawut was traveling close behind and got hit.