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Phuket tuk-tuk crushed as strong winds fell beachfront palm tree

PHUKET: Officials have cautioned motorists and home owners across Phuket to be ware falling trees after a tuk-tuk driving to Patong was crushed by a towering palm tree brought down by strong wind on the Karon beach road yesterday (Feb 12).

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Monday 13 February 2017, 10:41AM

The tuk-tuk was travelling northbound along the beach road at about 10am when the palm came crashing down.

Rescue workers at the scene reported that the tuk-tuk driver, who they did not name, escaped with only minor inujries in the incident. The driver said that the crosswind was too strong, so he pulled over, and then saw the tree falling toward him and quickly got out of the cab.

There were no tourists riding in the back when the tree crushed the cab of the vehicle.

A pharmacy on east side of the road, where the fallen palm tree once stood, also suffered damage from the weight of the tree crashing down.

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Officers from the Karon office of the Department of Disaster Mitigation and Protection have begun checking other trees in the area to ensure they are safe during the current strong winds across Phuket. Special attention will be given to old tress, as the tree that fell is belived to be several decades old. 

The easterly, northeasterly winds yesterday averaged speeds of of around only eight to 12 knots across the island yesterday, but reached up to 20 knots (37kph) in strong gusts.

More strong winds are forecast for throughout today, but slowly easing.



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Tuk Tuk | 13 February 2017 - 19:13:51

Kama! Take that Tuk Tuk mafia. Thats what you get for charging too much and ripping off foreigners!

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Discover Thainess | 13 February 2017 - 17:29:44

One tuktuk gone, just 5,000 more to go to make phuket a much nicer place :-)

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yvonne | 13 February 2017 - 15:22:27

Apologies posted under wrong article. Comment was intended for Bar Hours to be extended until 4  Am ! Might as well then keep them open 24/7 and let all the totally intoxicated  just sleep on the pavements when eventually the pass out somewhere !

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yvonne | 13 February 2017 - 15:18:53

Good heavens, are there not enough intoxicated people, ( Residents  and MAINLY Tourists) already in Patong at 2 in the morning? In what state do they return to their Accommodations,making a nuisance of 
themselves to night Porters,Staff and waking up, inconveniencing
 other Guests? How many more brawls, accidents and crime do they then want to create the right environment for and ENCOURAGE, now in
 Phuket.? what for? chasing dollars,Euros? What kind of Tourists
 are the Authorities looking for NOW in Phuket? Barflies, Alcoholics, Prostitutes and Perverts? Please let the Tour Operators, Travel Agents,Airlines throughout World know so that the
 word can be spread  that Phuket Island may NO Longer be a choice
 destination it used to be , to spend well earned Dollars for a Holiday as it is now catering for Tourists of a Different kind !
It is no longer a pleasant and safe destination. Beaches are not Tourists friendly any longer either or enjoyable for relaxing or swimming.Taken over by pollution,loud jet skis,rude,aggressive tuk tuk driver,Taxis not using meters, assaults on Tourists, muggings

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