German Tourist and Driver Die After SUV Collides with Minivan in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Kanchanaburi Rescue Team

Kanchanaburi –

A German tourist and a driver died after their SUV collided with a minivan in Kanchanaburi, in the west of Thailand.

Emergency responders were notified of the accident at 5:07 P.M. on Sunday (February 26th) on the Sai Yok – Thong Papoom Road (No. 323) in the Ta Sao sub-district, Sai Yok district.

They arrived at the scene to find the damaged minivan on the road side and the damaged SUV still on the road. The SUV driver, Mr. Chanchai Buakajorn, had sustained various non-life-threatening injuries and the minivan driver, Mr. Prasit Boonyiem, was sadly found deceased inside the minivan.

Three passengers were in the minivan and identified as two German tourists, Mr. THOMAS D., Ms. ALEXANDRA D., and a Thai tour guide Mr.Jarin Tamrongsuppattakun. They had all sustained various injuries. However, Mr. THOMAS was tragically later pronounced deceased at a hospital.

The SUV driver, Chanchai, told the Saiyok Police that he fell asleep at the wheel before crashing with the minivan in the opposite lane.

The Saiyok Police are continuing their investigation for further possible legal action.


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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.