Two highway police probed over accident at random checkpoint

The Highway Police Division in Ayutthaya has summoned two highway police for clarification after their random traffic checkpoint on the Asian Highway had allegedly caused a traffic accident that injured a passenger.

The action by the highway police division came after a video clip of the accident, which happened at about 3.30pm on Sunday (Jan 28), posted by Kotchakorn Mingboon went viral on the social media.

The clip taken from his car camera showed clearly how the accident happened.

In the clip, he said two highway police manning the flying checkpoint on the Asian Highway in Bang Pa-in district were seen coming into the way of the car which is ahead of his car.

The interruption of the two highway police waving their hands down as if to stop the car forced the driver of the first car to brake instantly, he said.

He said he could stop his car in time but another truck following behind couldn't make it and rammed at the rear of his car, causing injury to his girlfriend on the front seat.

The impact of the crash also caused his car to ram at the rare of the Honda sedan in front of him.

Mr Kotchakorn questioned if the setup of random checkpoint by highway police was appropriate, while giving hand signals by the police also caused confusion.

The two highway police have clarified that they intended to stop the truck for speeding and for not driving in the left lane.

The Highway Police Division in Ayutthaya said the drivers of both vehicles have filed damage complaints at the highway police station for insurance compensations.

The Royal Thai Police deputy spokesman Krisana Pattanacharoen said on Monday (Jan 29) that the two highway police officers had been suspended from duty and a fact-finding committee had been set up to look into the alleged misconduct.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)