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Driver dead as water truck rolls Patong Hill hillside

PHUKET: The driver of a private water truck died this morning when he lost control of his vehicle causing it to first break the guardrail on the side of Patong Hill and then roll about 20 metres down the hillside.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 22 March 2018, 12:43PM

The vehicle came to rest in a rubber plantation opposite the Patong City sign on Patong Hill at 10:30am today (Mar 22).

Kathu Police was notified of an accident near the Patong City sign at 10:30am today.

Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived at the scene to find a Palatal-registered water truck emblazoned with ‘Personal transportation operator licence ภก (Por Gor) 113 /2558’ turned over in a rubber plantation 20m down the hillside of Patong hill. The right rear tyre was broken.

The body of a man was found stuck inside the vehicle’s cabin and rescue workers used a hydraulic cutter to free the body.

It has not yet been ascertained whether the truck was heading from Patong to Thung Thong in Kathu or vice versa.

Police are now investigating the accident.



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Christy Sweet | 24 March 2018 - 20:45:46

I especially dislike the cement trucks in my lane on blind curves, afraid they'll overreact to the left and tip that load right on me.  I love to drive, but now it's need only and as few a trips possible. Carnage. 

Fascinated | 23 March 2018 - 19:57:14

Anyone who honestly expects a tunnel will ever be built is living in cloud cuckoo land. The money was made on 'feasibility studies' (over B40 million). Is it feasible- no. I could have done the study for free.

malczx7r | 23 March 2018 - 13:16:38

A tunnel???? Can you imagine the carnage when these fools crash into each other in a tunnel and a car bursts into flames, the death rate would be horrendous! Build a tunnel instead of teaching them to drive properly, yep that sounds like Thai logic!

BenPendejo | 23 March 2018 - 09:26:21

Based on my experience with retarded, aggressive and speeding water truck drivers, I am not saddened about this one bit.  Glad he didn't take anyone else out, and glad he won't get the chance to do it in the future.  Sorry for his family though...but he should have thought about that.  NEXT!

Concernd | 23 March 2018 - 08:09:34

Again for a Tunnel the best solution for unexpired steep hill drivers the safest future way to “Mega City Patong” in my opinion coming from a mountain country with lots longtime  tunnels

malczx7r | 23 March 2018 - 00:48:12

The driving test standards here are excellent, colour blindness to make sure you don't drive through red lights! Fantastic policing, enforcing all the laws such as 100% helmet law! Why wouldn't you feel safe here, never any accidents in the country with the least road deaths, despite the horrendous snow and ice issues other countries don't have! Give them a break!

Kurt | 22 March 2018 - 13:21:50

It seems that Patong Hill road becomes more and more the test location of a practical driving test/exam for drivers of busses, lorries and water tankers.
Many fail the test.
I just assume that the riding material is of course in tip-top technical condition.
Must be, for Patong Hill.

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