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02 February 2011 :: 12:02:45 pm 49663

Fat Driver Nods Off at Red Light

A fat pick-up driver stopped at a red light, indicated a right turn, applied his hand-brake, switched on some quiet music and fell into deep sleep for 2 hours.
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Sattahip, 1st February 2011 [Pattaya Daily News] : A fat man stopped his car at a red light at a junction. With his motor running, front lights on, right blinker on, hand brake pulled, slow music on and the windows half opened for fresh air, the driver fell into a deep sleep, parked in the middle of the road in front of a red light. The police and locals were anxious as they had to block the road and re-organise the traffic temporarily around the obstructing pick-up truck. Gaining absolutely no response from the driver, who had fallen into a deep sleep, it was thought at first that he might have died. After several attempts to wake the driver, the police checked for a pulse and heart beat. Eventually the police pushed the car to the side of the road with the driver still deep in his sleep.

The incident was announced at 04.00 on the 1st February, when Police General Somchai Suntavanik, Police Station Sattahip, was notified about a black Chevrolet pick-up truck ( license บบ – 5375 Lhopburi ) that was parked in the middle of the road on the right lane of Sukhumvit 3, the main road between Pattaya – Sattahip, in front of a red light at the Sattahip junction at the 1st km. The vehicle was found with motor running, headlights on, handbrake applied, the music playing quietly and windows let down. The driver, aged about 25, had been sleeping in the driving seat for about 30 minutes already.

Upon notification, one of the traffic police patrols was sent to have a look at the situation where the Chevrolet was found, parked in the middle of the road with the blinker still on, ready to turn right. The position in which the car was parked was reportedly horribly dangerous as it was a main road on which many cars were speeding through green lights. Some of the drivers had to bring their cars to a sudden stop, nearly crashing into the back of the parked Chevrolet, causing a long traffic tail-back. The traffic police had to put up signs closing up the space in which the car was parked, signalling the other cars to reduce speed in order to reduce the risk of accidents. The police official and the notifier took turns at trying to wake the driver up, he was later identified as Mr. Kotsakdee Gaewmarerng, 26. They had tried calling him and shaking him and held cold iced towels to his face but the driver showed no response. After an hour of unsuccessful attempts at waking the driver, the police and citizens helped each other push the car to the side of the road, the driver remaining fast asleep. The helpers feared for the driver’s life as he was so unresponsive. They checked his pulse and his breath and were relieved he was clearly breathing, and alive.

After that the police official took the driver’s phone and contacted his family to request them to pick him up. When the family members arrived, they were shocked at the sight and also attempted to wake Mr.Kotsakdee, but failed as well. Those present then decided to help each other pull the driver, who weighed about 80 kg, out of his driving seat and put him into the passenger seat so a relative could drive him home. Before driving home the relative was concerned for the life of Mr. Kotsakdee. Had he really just fallen into a deep sleep or was he about to die ?

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Community News

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