Officials doubt over farang family dumped by taxi

Transportation officials raised doubts over a viral story about a tourist family traveling with a baby being dumped by a taxi along a highway last week.

Investigators dispatched by the Department of Land Transport spoke to toll booth attendants on the Si Rat Highway, who said the family did not seem distressed when they approached on March 16 to ask how to reach the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s head office on Petchburi Road.

After landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport, the family is believed to have approached the Asoke 4 toll booths for help, at which point officers took them off the highway and put them in a taxi, department Deputy Director Suchart Klinsuwan told Matichon Saturday.

They reportedly wanted to go to the authority to get information about travel arrangements.

Suchart added there was no definitive proof whether the tourists were thrown out of a taxi, as no CCTV cameras were pointed at the spot they exited onto the highway.

Meanwhile, Natthapong Hamwong, an officer who was working in the booth that day and witnessed the incident said the family walked casually did not seem upset or dissatisfied in any way, Daily News reported.

“We’re investigating the fact. We cannot give any answer at the moment,” Natthapong said. “However, we should leave out the idea that they were left by their taxi because we didn’t even know if it was a taxi or which vehicle dropped them there.”

Taxi dumping family with baby on highway? Infant-toting family stopping on highway to get directions to TAT? Neither sound particularly believable.

Related:

Taxi dumps tourist family on Bangkok highway

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