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Phuket beer truck driver survives power pole slam

PHUKET: The driver of a Chang beer delivery truck survived a heavy collision after he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a roadside power pole in Thalang early this morning (July 5).

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Wednesday 5 July 2017, 10:12AM

Lt Suporn Muangkhai of the Thalang Police was called to the scene of the accident, on Thepkrasattri Rd southbound near Tha Ruea shrine, at 2:30am.

Lt Suporn and Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived at the scene to find a Bangkok-registered white Toyota Hilux slammed against a power pole by the side of the road.

The driver, later identified by police as 28-year-old Phadungkiet Thongphithak, was pinned inside the vehicle. Rescue workers took 15 minutes to free him with hydraulic cutters.

Mr Phadungkiet was taken to Thalang Hospital for injuries to his legs and head.

“When we arrived at the scene we found local residents stealing beers and other items from the truck,” one rescue worker at the scene told The Phuket News.

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“After we told them that the ambulance had a dash cam, they ran away,” he added.

Lt Suporn questioned Mr Phadungkiet at Thalang Hospital.

“He was carrying beer and other items from a booth at Phuket International Airport back to Phuket Town,” Lt Suporn explained.

“When he arrived at the scene, where there is a curve, he lost control of his vehicle and collided with the power pole,” he added.

“At this stage Mr Phadungkiet has been charged with reckless driving causing damage. He will be tested for alcohol,” Lt Suporn confirmed.



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Eagle | 05 July 2017 - 21:48:34

R Sole-''painted by drugged up workers''Another comment with baseless accusations published here.

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R Sole | 05 July 2017 - 14:49:35

If any body from outside of Phuket drives into that bend in the road, looking at the white lines that go all over the show, any normal person would be confused. White lines on Thepkassatri Road should not be painted on by drugged up workers.

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simon01 | 05 July 2017 - 12:16:01

Same same everyday. Just another bad driver driving to normal phuket standards. At least some locals got some bemefit for a change with a few free beers.

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Pauly44 | 05 July 2017 - 11:43:09

What a catch phrase for the TAT to promote, witness the crazy driving get free beer!

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