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Driver flees after flipping Merc at Phuket Underpass

PHUKET: Police are trying to hunt down the driver of a Mercedes-Benz that flipped and caught fire at the entrance of southbound side of the Samkong Underpass early this morning.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 22 January 2018, 11:13AM


The driver had fled the scene by the time police arrived. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The driver had fled the scene by the time police arrived. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Capt Surachart Thongyai of the Phuket City Police was notified of an accident at the entrance of Samkong Underpass in front of Thanachart Bank on the bypass road southbound at 1:40am today (Jan 22).

Firefighters arrived at the scene to find a black Mercedes Benz E350e overturned on the road with fire raging inside the engine and inside the car. No one was found in the car and it took firefighters 20 minutes to put out the fire.

The engine compartment of the vehicle was totally destroyed and a wheel of the car was found on the central reservation about 30 metres away.

A taxi driver who witnessed the accident, Sittichai Sengpa, 30, told police, “I was driving behind the Mercedes-Benz when I saw it heading towards the central reservation. The car then overturned and caught fire. I saw someone inside the car.

Myself and other taxi drivers used fire extinguishers to try to put the fire out. I went to move my car and get another fire extinguisher when I saw the driver, who was around middle-aged, get out of the car and try to put the fire out but was unsuccessful.

The driver then fled, maybe to the hospital” he said.

Capt Surachrt said, “We are continuing our investigation. At this stage we believed the driver could not see a central reservation as the lights were dim and there were no warning signs on the central reservation.

We have to find and question the car driver,” he said.

 

 

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CaptainJack | 23 January 2018 - 17:27:43

This is Samkhong underpass, not Central. It has 2 lanes in each direction and a concrete divider.

Kurt | 23 January 2018 - 10:34:59

There is so far not a real reasoned explanation given about designing, getting a budget (!!), constructing/building a 3 lane underpass with a 3 lane overhead traffic lighting, and next you make it 2 lane with a 'central reservation' which can cause accidents with absence of warning lights, and dimmed underpass lights.
Driver Mercedes already found?

Jor12 | 22 January 2018 - 22:55:13

...the lights are dim.

DeKaaskopp | 22 January 2018 - 15:41:59

Actually the closure of the middle lane was explained on June,10th 2017 in an article on here! Funny that the same person asking now for an explanation commented on that article twice.Problems with memory ?

Kurt | 22 January 2018 - 13:24:11

Very good that this high ranking police officer noticed that safety of the underpass was not optimal.
Dimmed lights and no warning lights on the central reservation?
That makes some Phuket government department responsible, yes?
Actually it is built as a 3 lane underpass, a central reservation setting was never explained.
It has more negative than positive points.

Kurt | 22 January 2018 - 11:48:42

The driver fled. Sure, to have time to let alcohol traces leave his body. With Drugs no chance, but many thai do not know that.
No one 'fled to hospital' on foot, there were taxis.. The suggestion only, hahahaha

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