GPS app leads heavily loaded pickup to flip on uphill road in Loei
A couple returning to Phitsanulok after buying a pickup-truck load of mangoes in Loei was led by a GPS app to a steep uphill route, causing the heavy pickup to slide backward downhill and overturn early on Saturday, police said.
The couple were not injured as they managed to jump out of the pickup while it slid backward. while it was slowly moving backwards.
Police said the accident happened on the Ban Khok Yai-Phu Rua road in Ban Huay Krai village in Phu Rua district. When rescuers arrived at the scene, they found the couple waiting for help unharmed.
The husband, Thawatchai Kerdsuk, 35, said he had travelled to buy mangoes from Loei’s Chiang Khan district on Friday evening and was travelling home in Phitsanulok to sell the mangoes.
He said he was not familiar with roads in Loei so he had his wife check the route with a GPS app. The app recommended the fastest route but it turned out to be an uphill road that was too steep for his heavy pickup to climb.
He and his wife became frightened and jumped out before the pickup flipped on the roadside.