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Indian tourists heading to Phuket airport in van slammed by BMW

PHUKET: Two Indian tourists have boarded their flight to return home today (Dec 21) after the van they were travelling in was slammed in the side by a BMW in Phang Nga just north of Phuket.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 21 December 2018, 06:17PM


Lt Col Santi Prakrobkran of the Khok Kloi Police was notified of the accident, about five kilometres north of the bridge onto Phuket, at 3:30am.

A team of Mai Khao rescue workers also responded to the call for assistance.

The officers and rescue workers arrived at the scene to find the crumpled van on its side on the road. About 200 metres away was a heavily damaged BMW, Col Santi told The Phuket News this afternoon.

 The two tourists and the driver were trapped in the van. Rescue workers took an hour using the hydraulic “jaws of life” rescue-equipment to free them from the van, Col Santi explained.

 “All three had minor injuries to their right arms and legs, and all of them were taken to Takua Thung Hospital for treatment and further medical examinations just in case,” he said.

The tourists were identified as Indian nationals Rohit Dhawan, 21, and Pooja Narang, 34.

The van driver was identified as Anan Srithong, 44, a legally registered commercial passenger vehicle driver from Krabi.

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“Mr Anan was taking the tourists from Krabi to Phuket International Airport early this morning when his van was hit by on the right side by the white BMW car,” Col Santi explained.

“This caused the van to flip onto its side,” he added.

Speaking to The Phuket News this afternoon, Col Santi said that he could not remember the BMW driver’s name, but noted that the driver “was not drunk”.

An officer at Khok Kloi Police Station confirmed that it was Bangkok-registered BMW, carrying the special licence plate number 991.

“I have not yet pressed any charges as we are still investigating the accident. It is possible that both drivers will face charges,” Col Santi said.

Capt Ekkachai Siri of the Phuket Tourist Police also confirmed to The Phuket News this afternoon, “The tourists were checked by doctors and they were fine, not seriously injured. They boarded their flight back home this morning.”

 

 

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Jor12 | 24 December 2018 - 13:45:10

...Police don't have to mention anything. From the scant info of the accident, how is it possible that you know everything about causes? Dashcam?

Kurt | 22 December 2018 - 22:43:31

Van hit on right side by BMW?  Than BMW did not give first way to Van.
The police officer could mention the names of the Van driver, as well of the 2 indian tourists, but not the name of the BMW driver. What RTP bullshit nonsense is that? Shall we say that the Bangkok BMW driver, with special reg, plate, was recognized as a BKK Hi-So, and will be kept out of the wind? TIT.

Winfield | 22 December 2018 - 17:07:08

We use many minivan suppliers for airport transfers. They are told in advance, that if we get one single complaint from a guest regarding speeding/unsafe driving, there will be no second warning, and we will never hire them again. And we dont wait for guests to complain - we ask them. It works. If everyone adopts the same system & policy, the ratbag drivers will soon be out of business.

Kurt | 22 December 2018 - 12:57:55

How did Col Santi could say the BMW driver was not drunk. He not even know the name of the driver. A Colonel!!! No alcohol test was done, because the car was a BMW with special number 991?  Oh, Col Santi now very careful, he doesn't like to get involved in a case what could concern  influential BKK Hi-So's. Santi thinks about his that career. It is all so obvious.

Timothy | 22 December 2018 - 10:16:38

Wow. "Can't remember the BMW drivers name, but I know he wasn't drunk." That's amazing. In some other recent cases it has taken several weeks to obtain blood alcohol results. Anyhoooo, move along, nothing to see here. Cut those guys out of the wreck and get them on the damn airplane. 

Kurt | 22 December 2018 - 08:28:54

As a tourist, in taxis or Van's, from or to Phuket airport, your life are not sure. I pity the tourists when I see the taxis and Van's violate any traffic law article when they drive on Phuket roads. And no Phuket authority to pick this up and make tourists lives more safe. In a way, same authority disinterest as with the Phoenix substandard condition and her cowardest  fleeding crew.

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