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Vehicle drove itself into roadside pylon, says Phuket taxi driver

PHUKET: A Phuket taxi driver who crashed his vehicle into a roadside pylon while making a U-turn on Thepkrasattri Rd northbound yesterday (Aug 22) told police the accident happened because the car accelerated of its own accord. There were no passengers in the vehicle at the time of the incident

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Tuesday 23 August 2016, 02:44PM

The taxi driver,  Mr Lerd Sriubol, 49, told police the car accelerated into the pylon itself. Phot: Eakkapop Thongtub
The taxi driver, Mr Lerd Sriubol, 49, told police the car accelerated into the pylon itself. Phot: Eakkapop Thongtub

Lt Col Sanit Nookong of the Thalang Police responded to a call made at 4:45pm yesterday where it was reported by a local resident that a taxi had crashed into roadside pylon on Thepkrasattri Rd northbound close to the Ban Muang Mai U-turn. It was reported the taxi driver had sustained minor injury to his forehead in the accident.

Police arrived at the scene with Kusoldhram rescue workers to find a wrecked yellow and red Toyota taxi smashed into a pylon with its driver, Mr Lerd Sriubol, 49, standing close by.

Mr Lerd told police that he had come from the direction of Ban Muang Mai and was making a U-turn to go the airport when the car accelerated on its own. This caused him to panic and crash into the pylon.

Police made notes of the incident and took Mr Lerd to the police station for further questioning.  



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Kurt | 29 August 2016 - 12:36:10

Since a short while Singapore has a number of self driving taxi's on the road ( still with a driver sitting in it, in case).
Very interesting to learn how that will work out.

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Ed Sanders | 29 August 2016 - 10:05:12

Yes Seaturtle, in my home country, it is somewhat common for vehicles to take off speeding, some crashing through storefronts.  In almost all cases, the victim of the phantom car is 80 years old or more, and possessing the driving skills only slightly above your typical Phuket taxi driver.

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Seaturtle55 | 28 August 2016 - 21:30:17

In fact, to all doubters........the modern car is largely dependent upon its "computer brain" for its operations, which will allow in the near future for "driverless" vehicles.  So, as strange and questionable as it may seem, it is quite possible for a "glitch" to have occurred resulting in an non-driver initiated acceleration!  The "brain" needs to be examined by the manufacturer's investigative branch in order to rule out this as having been the responsible factor.  As background for my comment, I can advise that I was a qualified expert vehicle examiner in Canada and am aware of the possibility (rare though it may be) for something like this to occur!  I really do wish that, before any charges are laid against this man, that he insist on the manufacturer conducting a readout of the vehicle's computer!!

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simon01 | 23 August 2016 - 17:58:17

Ahh so thats the problem. Now we have possessed cars. Its never the drivers fault. oil on the roads, bad breaks, rain, pink flying elephants.  No wonder the tourism in Phuket is collapsing fast as these guys are responsible for the tourists safety and as a result the image Phuket shows the world. The world can see Phuket takes safety as a joke which is one reason people are staying away.

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Kurt | 23 August 2016 - 17:39:56

So, this was the first self driving taxi on Phuket. hahahaha
Great, just needs a bit tuning, and then back on the road without driver, please.
Just a meter will do.

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slippery snake | 23 August 2016 - 17:07:16

hehehe my guess is he forgot which was the brake and accelerator. 

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Ed Sanders | 23 August 2016 - 15:52:41

Maybe this driver needs to compare notes with the [person] that had his bus speed out of control on Patong Hill.  I'm starting to think that an underlying cause of all these "out of control vehicles" might be related to the drivers being exposed to extreme levels of lead during their childhoods.  They are simply freeking retarded, and do not appear to be capable of clear thinking and taking responsibility for passengers.  Or maybe his weapon...errr... I mean golf club, got stuck under the brake pedal.

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