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Phuket residents plea for help to prevent high-speed accidents

PHUKET: Local residents in Thalang are calling for authorities to take steps to prevent any further high-speed accidents in their neighbourhood after a pickup truck crashed into a home’s concrete boundary wall in a three-vehicle wipeout early yesterday morning (July 9).

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Monday 10 July 2017, 02:53PM

The accident occurred on a curve on Thepkrasattri Rd near Tha Ruea Shrine in Koh Kaew where a Chang beer delivery crashed at about 2:30am last Wednesday (July 5). (See story here.)

Police and rescue workers were called to the scene at 4:45am.

Capt Warawutti Saenseb of the Thalang Police and fellow officers arrived to find a white six-wheeled Isuzu truck used for delivering Super Cheap goods in the middle of the road after an apparent collision with a shrimp delivery pickup truck, also in the centre of the road.

Both vehicles had sustained heavy damage to their front ends.

The driver of the Super Cheap truck, 26-year-old Myanmar national Soe Paine, and the driver of the crumpled pickup truck, Kritthapas Detpichai, 25, escaped serious injuries in the collision.

Nearby was a Bangkok-registered Toyota Vigo pickup truck on its side after it had smashed into a concrete wall built to protect local residents’ homes from inbound high-speed vehicles.

The driver of that pickup truck, Panomkorn Boonpat, 39, also escaped serious injuries.

According to the police preliminary investigation report, Mr Soe Paine lost control of the six-wheeled truck and came to a halt in the middle of the road.

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Mr Phanomkorn, who was heading to Chalong from Chumphon, tried to swerve to avoid the six-wheeled truck, but apparently saw the truck too late “due to poor lighting” and clipped it, sending his pickup flying into the wall built to protect residents’ homes.

Then along came Mr Kritthapas, who police noted was driving “at speed” on his way to Rawai to pick up prawns. His pickup also crunched into the six-wheeled truck, but came to rest in the middle of the road.

Police reported they had yet to conclude their investigation and had yet to press charges.

However, police did confirm that although Mr Soe Paine is a legally registered worker, he does not have a driver’s license and will be charged accordingly.

One local resident, who asked not to be named, told The Phuket News that the curve had become a blackspot for high-speed accidents.

“As best as I can remember, the power poles in front of our homes have been replaced 11 times because of cars crashing into them,” he said.

“It happens frequently. The Department of Highways does not really care, even the road barriers (guardrails) are not fully secured.

“It makes me want to speak out and request that something be done, because the other residents in the area are worried about this too,” he added.



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alf | 11 July 2017 - 20:12:58

Thai people complaining about Thai people's driving.

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petermach | 11 July 2017 - 15:11:30

This is a huge road security issue , one example is the road between Chalong and Rawai beach which is very dangerous because of stupid drivers , car and trafficked motorbikes . It is unbelievable that the authorities have not taken actions like Traffic light at the intersection with the wat road and speed bump on that road everywhere you have villages and schools . That road is used as F1 circuit by no brain drivers of motorbikes and cars . How many dead before action will be taken to oblige people to respect the speed and consequently the law.

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peter rawai | 11 July 2017 - 09:37:40

A pickup carrying live prawns and speeding
You must be joking, i do not beleive it

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Christy Sweet | 11 July 2017 - 08:15:37

I've made the drive to Malaysia a dozen times at least- and each time I notice it seems just a little safer- probably due to the widening of Route 4/AH2 - until I get back to Phuket, where it's instantly insane speeds and constant tailgating. 

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malczx7r | 10 July 2017 - 16:07:29

Oh, now they want something done, it's mostly the Thai driving population Males who drive like complete idiots in the first place! Taxi's tuk tuk, minivan and pickup idiots!  Hey, get enough complaints together and you might get the police to do their job, maybe haha

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