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Driver rescued from overturned backhoe

PHUKET: A backhoe driver in Kamala had his leg pinned under his overturned backhoe for nearly an hour while rescue workers rushed to free him from the upturned digger.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 9 November 2022, 10:35AM

Kamala Police were alerted to the accident, on a hill in Soi Bang Wan in Moo 1, Kamala, at about midday yesterday (Nov 7).

Paramedics from Kamala Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) had arrived but were unable to free the driver, Phoptham Senkhao, 47, explained Pol Lt Col Jaroon Phromsak, Deputy Chief of Kamala Police.

Rescue workers from the Kusoldharm Foundation were called to provide assistance. The rescue team arrived and began to dig out the dirt around his leg so Mr Phoptham could be pulled out from under the backhoe.

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A splint was applied to his leg, which was broken, before he was rushed to Patong Hospital.

In total, Mr Phoptham was pinned under the backhoe for 50 minutes, Lt Col Jaroon said.

At last report, Mr Phoptham was in safe condition and recovering from his injury.

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christysweet | 10 November 2022 - 12:38:44

Dirt trucks servicing a new McVilla develp at the end of Layan Soi 7 -that filled in a wetland- have  completely demolished the road which was just repaved last year. There are tracks a foot deep and will be impassable in another week or two. 

Capricornball | 10 November 2022 - 11:57:59

Correct JohnC. The streets are lined with mud as trucks go in and out all day, leaving a complete mess with no regard for anything. Even though tourism was waning even before covid, greedy Thais just keep mowing the landscape and diminishing the very thing that attracts people here. Crap developments, crap construction, just more scars on the landscape. They don't get it.

JohnC | 10 November 2022 - 09:37:35

Looks like he was clearing trees and underbrush from slopes and making a new track. Now that rainy season has passed all the greedy and selfish will be clearing more plots and further exploiting Phuket's environment for their own gain.


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