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Family of four, plus one, hospitalised after head-on collision near Phuket Airport

PHUKET: A family of four has been hospitalised following a serious motor collision only moments after leaving the airport together late last night, with one of the members reported to be in a comatose state.

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Sunday 14 August 2016, 10:36AM

Family of four, plus one, hospitalised after head-on collision near Phuket Airport

The driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision was also hospitalised with undisclosed injuries. 

Thachadchai Police were notified of the accident at 11pm last night (August 13) and reported to the scene, on the two-lane road that runs parallel to the Phuket Airport runway in Mai Khao.

Rescue workers were dispatched, bringing special equipment to help free victims said to be trapped inside one of the cars.

The first vehicle was identified as a black Toyota saloon with Phang Nga license plates.

The front end of the vehicle was completely smashed up and there were several injured parties stuck inside.

Nearby there was a white Honda CRV with Phuket plates, which was also smashed in the front, but to a lesser degree. 

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Four family members rescued from the black Toyota were identified as Ms Kwankamol Panpuangkaeo, 35, the driver; Ms Wanna Panpuangkaeo, 57; Mr Phongpichet Panpuangkaeo, 58; and Ms Nattakan Panpuangkaeo, 21.

Of the four, Ms Nattakan was the only one who was reportedly still unresponsive by this morning, and has since been transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital. 

The fifth injured party was named as Mr Itthimon Thakoo, 23, the driver of the white CRV, and is recovering in Thalang Hospital, along with the other three injured-yet-responsive parties.

Pol Cap Thanom Thongpaen of Thachadchai Police said that leading up to the accident, the black Toyota is believed to have had just left the airport and was en route to Thepkrasattri Rd, while the white Honda is believed to have been coming from the opposite direction, and was on its way to the airport.

Pol Cap Thanom speculated further that one of the drivers had most likely crossed over into the wrong lane, causing the other oncoming to lose control, but he declined to appoint blame or speculate any further as the investigation is ongoing.



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Christy Sweet | 15 August 2016 - 18:07:26

Since they four-laned that route there has been a marked increase in  these sorts of serious accidents. Build it and they will go super-sonic on it.

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malczx7r | 15 August 2016 - 13:10:54

haha, well said Ed! Kurt, I don\'t have a dash camera but thinking of investing in one, though the amount of video of stupid and dangerous driving you could record, when would you get time to upload it all? haha

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Ed Sanders | 15 August 2016 - 00:17:12

Love the expert commentary by the police... " of the drivers had most likely crossed over into the wrong lane, causing the other oncoming to lose control". else would a head-on occur.

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Joe12 | 14 August 2016 - 17:24:42 do you know all this? Did your dash cam record the accident? How can it be the usual "I go first" when the cars were opposing each other?

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Kurt | 14 August 2016 - 14:40:09

Great thai stuff,  Speed and the usual "I go first' mentality.
I have much of this stuff on my dash cam.

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