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Driver killed as fruit truck hits power pole

Driver killed as fruit truck hits power pole

PHUKET: The driver of a 12-wheeled truck delivering B800,000 of fruit from Bangkok died when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a roadside power pole on Thepkrasattri Rd in Muang Mai early this morning (July 2).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 2 July 2022, 10:49AM

Lt Col Niwat Timket of the Thalang Police reported that officers were notified of the accident at 3:11am.

Rescue workers arrived to find the driver Janwich Ta-Khong, 48, from Chumphon, still in the cab of the heavily damaged truck. He was unconscious and unresponsive and rush to Thalang Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Officers said they were continuing their investigation into the accident, but suspect Mr Janwich fell asleep at the wheel as he had driven from Pathum Thani to deliver about 800 baskets of fruit, worth about B800,000.

Local resident Wichai Suebsunthorn, 30, said that he was watching television when the accident happened. There was a loud noise followed by items in his house shaking and falling over, he said.

He went outside and saw the truck and downed power pole, which was on fire. Mr Wichai said he saw a person climb into the truck and shout out that the driver had died. The man then climb down and drove away

Yun Upanan, 62, said that the incident happened around 2am. She was sleeping when she was woken by a loud noise.

Ms Yun went outside and saw the overturned truck. She also saw the man who shouted out that the driver had died.

She shouted out to the man to not climb into the truck to try to pull the driver’s body out of the cab, Ms Yun said.

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DeKaaskopp | 02 July 2022 - 16:40:08

@Kurt   So many questions and probably there will never be an answer to those questions.That brings up another question: How many sleepless nights will it cost you,knowing you will never get those answers ?

Kurt | 02 July 2022 - 12:44:21

So, what will it be? Did the driver lost control of his truck or did he fall asleep? We will never know. Did he have correct driving license, no underlaying health problems, not driving to fast,  Not to many working/driving hours in a row, causing fatigue? What was the state of maintenance of the truck? Accident at 2AM, RTP notified at 3:11AM? The witness drove away, is that allowed?


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