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Drunk driver slams pickup into barrier then head-on into tour bus

Drunk driver slams pickup into barrier then head-on into tour bus

PHUKET: A woman who crashed her pickup truck into a concrete barrier then head-on into an oncoming tour bus early yesterday morning (May 6) has escaped serious injury, but has yet to face charges for drunk driving.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 7 May 2018, 11:53AM


UPDATE: The driver of the pickup truck, Nitthaya Keawkwan, 24, was not tested for alcohol and not chrged for drunk driving. She was charged with reckless driving causing damage to property and other persons. (See story here.)


Capt Akkara Sivilai of the Tha Chatchai Police notified of the accident, on Thepkrasattri Rd in Moo 2 Mai Khao, at the northern end of the island, at 2:50am.

Capt Akkara and other police officers arrived at the scene to find a white D-Max Isuzu pickup truck registered in Amnat Charoen province in long grass beside the road with heavy damage to its front end.

A female passenger travelling in the pickup truck was taken to Thalang Hospital by rescue workers, noted police. The extent of the woman’s injuries was not reported.

The driver of the pickup truck, Nitthaya Keawkwan, 24, remained at the scene. Her injuries, if any, also were not reported.

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Nearby was a tour bus with damage to its front end. The bus had swerved and had stopped just before running off the road.

The bus driver, Wirot Thammachat, 66, told told police that he was driving northbound when the pickup truck, travelling in the opposite direction, crashed into a traffic barrier then crossed the median strip and struck the bus head-on.

There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the accident.

Police noted that Ms Nitthaya was believed to be drunk and was taken to be tested for alcohol at Tha Chatchai Police Station.

The results of her alcohol test have yet to be revealed, though police said that they were continuing their investigation.

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stegee68 | 07 May 2018 - 17:40:35

"The results of her alcohol test have yet to be revealed..." but the author and editor have gone ahead and decided them for us...

DeKaaskopp | 07 May 2018 - 15:36:38

Headline:"Drunk driver slams pickup into barrier..."
At the end of the article we read:Police noted that Ms Nitthaya was believed to be drunk...The results have yet to be revealed..
Chapeau!Great piece of journalism!! Not surprised though!

BenPendejo | 07 May 2018 - 13:52:44

I think that the far majority of Thais (or anyone else for that matter) don't worry about getting behind the wheel drunk.  This is because they know there are no police to stop them, thinking that the only way to get caught would be if you are in an accident...and of course nobody thinks that would happen to them. Zero law enforcement by Thai police creates this kind of mindset.

Kurt | 07 May 2018 - 11:59:54

Nothing new under the moon at that time of the day on Phuket.
Lack of driving skills, speeding, drunk, perhaps use of drugs.
Just another potential killer on the road.
Probably drives today around again in another car.

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