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Driver charged, blames wet road for truck slamming into footbridge

PHUKET: A truck driver has been charged with reckless driving after the six-wheeled lorry slammed into the concrete stairs to a pedestrian bridge in Thalang early this morning (May 11).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 11 May 2019, 12:44PM

 Police and rescue workers were called to the scene, on Thepkrasattri Rd in front of Muang Thalang School, at 4:10am

Lt Col Kitiphum Thinthalang of Thalang Police and rescue workers arrived to find the Krabi-registered truck, owned by P.T. Phuket Transport Co Ltd, on its side with heavy damage to its ront.

The driver, Sakchai Auppala, 34, was waiting at the scene.

His three passengers – Kritsada Buatong 26; Chawin Choomjan, 17; and Mangkorn Budtha, 37 – had suffered minor injuries and were taken to Thalang Hospital by Kusoldham Foundation rescue workers.

Mr Sakchai told police that he was returning to the PT Transport company depot on Koh Siray, on the east side of Phuket Town, after making a delivery to Songkhla.

The road was wet from rain that had just stopped, causing him to lose control of the truck and hit the concrete footbridge stairs.

Col Kitiphum confirmed that Mr Sakchai had been charged with reckless driving causing damage to government property.

The truck, which took more than three hours to remove from the scene, was taken to Thalang Police Station as evidence, he added.

A representative form the company’s insurance provider had already presented himself to negotiate the compensation to be paid for the damage to the footbridge, Col Kitiphum added.



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Kurt | 11 May 2019 - 15:41:05

Is a truck driver allowed to have 3 passenger in his cabin according the thai traffic laws? And,..in truck cabins there are only safety belts for 2 persons, not for 4! Wow! A lot of RTP mediation is waiting the driver before he is cleared.  Poor guy, now completely in hands of vultures. 

Kurt | 11 May 2019 - 14:59:51

When, when, the Thai government issued a announcement that a wet road is never accepted as a excuse for a accident. At least thai insurance companies should  say that, and refuse insurance compensations in matters/accidents like this.
Let the irresponsible drivers 'swim up' their own dumb road behavior damage!

Fascinated | 11 May 2019 - 12:49:17

Ahhh- so the road was at fault for being wet- not the driver for failing to adjust to the conditions. It all makes sense now,

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