GPS blamed as pickup truck crashes into ravine in Nan

Faulty GPS map directions are being blamed after a pickup truck crashed into a ravine in Nan Jan. 2 injuring four people.

The accident happened on Ping Luang-Pha Mung (Rural Road 4010) between Ban Nam Tha, Moo 9 Ping Luang, Na Muen District in Nan and Huai Hom, Moo 13 Ban Wiang, Rong Kwang District in Phrae.

The driver of the vehicle, Mr. Pitiphat Muangngam, 38 along with three others in the vehicle were heading to Uttaradit when it was claimed that the GPS directed the vehicle along the “steep mountain road” causing the vehicle to fall into the ravine.

This being Thailand the GPS is blamed because according to locals it shouldn’t have recommended the road as opposed to a western viewpoint that the driver should have been driving at a reasonable speed for the conditions.

Mr. Muangngam along with the others in the pickup truck including Acting Police General Natthakan Koyoi, 36 were taken to hospital all in a serious condition.

In response to the accident, the Highways Department has been asked to erect warning sides on the road letting people know it’s dangerous.

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