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French tourist safe as Patong-bound taxi slams into parked pickup truck

French tourist safe as Patong-bound taxi slams into parked pickup truck

PHUKET: A 33-year-old Frenchman is safe after the Phuket taxi he was travelling to Patong in slammed into a parked pickup truck in Kamala this morning (Sept 4).

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By The Phuket News

Monday 4 September 2017, 02:48PM


After taking off on a motorbike immediately after the accident, the taxi driver has now presented himself to police and been charged with reckless driving. Photo: Kamala Police

After taking off on a motorbike immediately after the accident, the taxi driver has now presented himself to police and been charged with reckless driving. Photo: Kamala Police

The tourist suffered only scratches across his stomach, confirmed Capt Prasert Thongpong of the Kamala Police.

Earlier reports noted that the Frenchman had also suffered injuries to one of his legs.

“The man is okay. He has already left the hospital, but I have not had the chance to question him,” Capt Prasert said.

The silver Toyota taxi slammed into the parked pickup in front of the Siam Commercial Bank branch on the main road through Kamala at 9am.

The taxi was emblazoned on its doors as part of the taxi fleet operated Phuket Maikhao Saku Co Ltd, which serves tourists at Phuket International Airport.

Despite earlier reports citing witnesses seeing the taxi driver absconding on a motorbike immediately after the accident, Capt Prasert Thongpong of the Kamala Police told The Phuket News that the driver “did not flee the scene”.

“I have already spoken with the taxi driver, who said the accident occurred because he had fallen asleep at the wheel,” Capt Prasert explained.

“He said he was in shock after the accident and he ran to borrow a motorbike at a coffee shop nearby to go see the owner of the taxi for help.

“The driver didn’t try to escape, and he has admitted to pay for all damages from the accident,” Capt Prasert said.

“The driver has been charged with reckless driving causing damage to other people’s property, and we are still continuing our investigation,” Capt Prasert added.

However, Capt Prasert refused to name the driver.

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Kurt | 04 September 2017 - 23:00:28

Is anyone ever reading that drivers of motorbikes and cars fall asleep while driving in other countries?
( yesterday there was a thai lady driving a motorbike falling asleep)

Amazing Thailand.

BenPendejo | 04 September 2017 - 21:13:31

Another reckless fool, risking the lives of tourists for the sake of a buck...and nobody there to regulate it in any way.  I wonder how much he had to pay to get his story whitewashed and to get police protection for his recklessness.  I give up even caring what happens in this place, but it is still amusing to comment on the routine madness.

Discover Thainess | 04 September 2017 - 19:11:43

Why is it that taxi and tuktuk drivers don't seem to ever get named in instances like this, but the general public do? Is there a reason?

Sam hayman | 04 September 2017 - 18:10:50

Police are letting drunk taxi drivers through checkpoints without breath testing them because they are targeting foreigners to make money.

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