Driver in deadly 3-vehicle Bangkok crash said he was tired and fell asleep

A man was killed and a woman severely injured when a van crashed into the rear of their car on a Bangkok road early Monday morning, causing the car to crash into a garbage truck.

The accident happened at about 5.40am at a U-turn spot on Ram Indra Road in Bang Khen district near the mouth of Soi Ram Indra 14.

Police said Rachan Na-Phatthalung, 53, died behind the wheel and Jirasuda Na-Phatthalun, 44, was severely injured.

She was rushed to Paolo Kaset Hospital. Rachan's Toyota Vios was crashed into by a Toyota Commuter driven by Chai Premsukjai, 32, causing the car to hit the rear of the garbage truck driven by Kasem Tongsanthia, 43.

Chai told police that he was tired after ferrying a group of passengers on Sunday night and fell asleep.

Kasem said his truck was waiting to make a U-turn when the accident occurred.

Luckily, there were no workers hanging off the back of garbage truck at the time of the accident, he added.