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Girl, 9, killed, seven injured as Phuket pickup wipes out

Girl, 9, killed, seven injured as Phuket pickup wipes out

PHUKET: A 9-year-old girl died and seven others were injured when a pickup truck slid off the road and ploughed through people dining at a roadside restaurant on Thepkrasattri Rd last night (Sept 16).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 17 September 2020, 10:53AM

Maj Sornthip Chukaew of the Tha Chatchai police was notified of the accident, in front of the West Coast Ride Thailand Maikhao motorbike shop in Moo 7, Mai Khao, at around 8:30pm.

Police together with Kusoldharm rescue workers rushed to the scene where they saw a black Phuket-registered Ford pickup truck rammed through the shop window of the motorbike shop.

Debris from the pickup ploughing through the tables set up in front as the shop’s roadside restaurant were scattered everywhere.

Nine-year-old girl Sirikarn Saisaya was unconscious. She was rushed to Thalang Hospital, but later pronounced dead.

Seriously injured was Boonsri Wareesri, who had a large wound to her head, had blood coming out of her ears and was suffering back pain.

Six other people suffered minor injuries: Ronnachai Thepparak, small scratches along his body; Theerapong Noknoi, wounds near his left eyebrow and pain along his body; Rattikarn Mundee, wounds to her mouth, two teeth had been knocked out, and she had pain along her legs; Samon Inkrab had some bruises on her forehead and cheeks and chest pains;  Sasithorn Ramphu, wounds on her forehead and near her eyes; and Sompong Sairaya, wounds on his nose, scratches along his body and bruises on his head.

All the injured were taken to Thalang Hospital for treatment, rescue workers confirmed.

The pickup driver, Suwit Rakkarn, 31, was at the scene when police arrived, Maj Sornthip of the Tha Chatchai Police confirmed.

Suwit told police that it was raining while he was driving to Phang Nga. The rain made the road slippery, he lost control of his truck and hit a car and motorbike by the side of the road, and then through the roadside restaurant and into the shop.

Suwit also suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital.

“At this stage, we have not decided what charge he will face, as we are still waiting for the alcohol test result and we will question him more after he is discharged from the hospital,” Maj Sornthip said.

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HubertK | 19 September 2020 - 08:45:16

The Ed's. warning about generalizations was long time overdue. The agenda of some people seems to be to use this forum only for their daily bashing of Thailand .Some don't even understand what's written in an article and make up their own incorrect storyline. A temporary ban would be  the best solution.

Jor12 | 18 September 2020 - 10:50:46

Police...just the basic facts as reported here is sufficient evidence for a charge of manslaughter.  Nothing wet is visible in the photographs.

Kurt | 18 September 2020 - 09:23:30

Suwit has minor injuries, can be questioned in hospital. As Suwit doesn't understand to drive safe when roads are wet, his driving license should be take in. He is a dangerous projectile on wet thai roads, as we witnessed.

Kurt | 18 September 2020 - 09:13:13

Or course, if the people were riding in the pick up, and not guests of that restaurant. That is not clear.

Kurt | 18 September 2020 - 08:45:24

@Fascinated, daily I see people sitting in the back of pick up's and trucks, sitting/laying between stuff and garbage. And don't suppose these 9 people were in the cabin of the pick up. Not allowed. As there are not enough seat belts for that.

LALALA | 18 September 2020 - 07:30:30

Nothing else than a mirror of Thai people, Thai society and what they call culture, reckless, careless people, never taking responsibility of anything and always blaming something or someone else.

[Warning. Please refrain from broad generalisation of disparaging remarks against an entire nation of people, as that is tantamount to open racism - which are illegal to publish in Thailand -- Ed]

Little Tommy Tucker | 17 September 2020 - 19:30:47

Ah, I get it, the road was wet because of the rain and was thus slippery, and thus it is either the road or the rains fault, or both, but not the fault of the driver. He was driving too fast for the conditions, and thus dangerously, or there was a problem with the breaks and he was driving a vehicle that was dangerous. Pretty clear cut really.

Capricornball | 17 September 2020 - 17:18:27

Another reckless a-hole, this time taking a young innocent life. For whatever reason, I have noticed much more traffic lately, and with it the reckless, aggressive speeders and tail-gaiters. This place will never learn, as there really isn't any need to teach them, as there are no consequences for s#!^ driving...except incidents like this.

Fascinated | 17 September 2020 - 16:07:23

@Kurt- making stuff up again to suit your agenda- at what point in the story does it mention people in the back of the pickup? If you actually looked at the back of the truck it was full of stuff which added to the carnage.

Fascinated | 17 September 2020 - 16:04:14

DWAA (Driving Whilst An A******). I see it was the road to blame yet again, nothing to do with his driving 'skills'.

Kurt | 17 September 2020 - 11:41:06

Sitting in back of pick up is against the law, and with good reason as we notice all the time. Ignore that? Ok, try a accident. Always horrible outcome. No need to talk again about absence of learning curve.

malczx7r | 17 September 2020 - 11:05:48

"The rain made the road slippery", yes it does, it always does, yet you still don't take that into account when driving, it really needs a tv advert telling them this every day! RIP that poor child, killed because of some ignorant fool


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