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Four American tourists injured in taxi crash after driver falls ASLEEP

Four American tourists who had just arrived in Thailand were rushed to hospital after their taxi crashed – because the driver fell asleep.

The group had just landed at Suvarnabhumi in Bangkok before catching the green and yellow cab from the airport’s taxi rank.

They were travelling along  Route 7 into Bangkok at Lat Krabang when the 62-year-old driver Tawee Thongsuknork dozed off and smashed into a police break down truck.

Four American tourists who had just arrived in Bangkok were travelling in this taxi when it crashed

Four American tourists who had just arrived in Bangkok were travelling in this taxi when it crashed (Picture: ThaiRath)

The taxi flipped several times before coming to a stop some 100 metres from the police truck.

Mr Thongsuknork told cops that he was in a central lane and fell asleep causing him to lose control and hit the breakdown truck that was parked on the hard shoulder, according to ThaiRath.

The U.S. tourists were treated at the scene before being taken to Wipharam Hospital. Police charged the taxi driver with negligent driving causing injury to others.

Travelling in taxis in Thailand carries many risks – and sleepy, tired drivers is just one of them.

It’s common knowledge that many drivers work long hours, double shifts and even days at a time without proper rest in order to make a wage. Amphetamines, red bull, coffee and other stimulants are often used by taxi drivers and truck drivers. 

Read our guide to the risks of using taxis in Thailand and how to stay safe.

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