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Car impaled at Chalong Underpass construction site

PHUKET: Police have yet to confirm whether the driver of a white Mazda 2 “Elegance” sedan found impaled on steel re-inforcement rods, or “rebar”, at the Chalong Underpass early this morning (Feb 21).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 21 February 2018, 06:15PM

No injures were reported in the accident, especially as the driver was nowhere to be found when police arrived to investigate reports that the car was precisely where it shouldn’t be.

The car was heading southbound from Chalong Circle, when somehow the driver failed to stay in the lane that directs traffic past the construction site, said Capt Somkiet Sarasit of the Chalong Police.

“When we arrived the lights were still on,” Capt Somkiet explained.

“Steel rods were stick stuck into the front of the car. Engine oil was on the ground, but there was no one in the car,” he said.

A tow truck was called in to move the car to Chalong Police Station, some 150 metres away, where it waits to be claimed.

“At this stage we believe that the accident happened early this morning, but we there have not been any reports filed to notify us about the accident,” Capt Somkiet said.

“As the car was heading from towards Rawai, it is likely the driver did not realize that there is a construction here as there were no warning lights, signs or barriers to prevent the driver from entering the site. There were only four traffic cones and one movable barrier in place,” he added.

Of note, in July last year one man died and another was hospitalised after the motorbike they were riding slammed into a barrier on the north side of Chalong Underpass construction site, on Chao Fa East Rd. (See story here.)



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Concernd | 22 February 2018 - 19:51:39

No wonder it seems that street maintenance or constructions (construction site hedging) are not proper marked and early far enough so motorists have time to react in time, no security people or temporary traffic lights to control a smooth flow, and some ignorant motorist who don’t look ahead .

malczx7r | 22 February 2018 - 13:07:05

This is what happens when no rules are enforced and therefore no consequences!

BenPendejo | 21 February 2018 - 21:41:25

Obviously, lessons are not learned here.  Complete irresponsible idiots to leave a hazardous construction site with insufficient warnings or cautions. Numerous people have been killed this way, including a young girl whose mother plunged of an unmarked bridge that had been removed. Totally unacceptable, and guarantee there will be nothing but more finger pointing and "not my job" comment...

Kurt | 21 February 2018 - 20:39:48

As no one injured, we can laugh about this.
However, it is a disgrace how safety measures are not carried out by this construction company.
We daily see the amateurism about it.
Another thought: why is RTP Chalong/Traffic police not daily checking on road safety at the construction site?
RTP are the professionals, aren't they?

Asterix | 21 February 2018 - 18:40:48

So the car owner may lodge a complaint against the construction company for negligence to protect the construction site with fences and lighting.

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