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Long-serving Phuket police officer dies in wet-road accident

Long-serving Phuket police officer dies in wet-road accident

PHUKET: A long-serving officer with the Thalang Police in Phuket died after the police pickup truck he was driving slid off a wet road in Takua Thung, Phang Nga, just north of Phuket, early this morning (Oct 2).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 2 October 2020, 06:11PM

Lt Col Kittipoom Thinthalang from Thalang Police was confirmed dead at the scene, on Phetkasem Rd in Moo 12, Tambon Kalai, confirmed Lt Col Supachai Seuseang of the Takua Thung Police.

Rescue workers from the Wat Kau Chareutham Rescue Foundation arrived at the scene of the accident shortly after 8:20am to find the police pickup truck heavily damaged from the impact with a roadside power pole.

Rescue workers recovered Lt Col Kittipoom’s body from the driver’s seat and transported it to Takua Thung Hospital, Lt Col Supachai said.

Lt Col Kittipoom was travelling back to Phuket when the accident happened, he added.

"I cannot confirm why he was here [in Takua Thung]. Also, the investigation into the accident has yet to conclude,” Lt Col Supachai said.

At this stage investigating officers believe the road design and oil on the wet road may have been contributing factors leading to the accident, Lt Col Supachai noted.

"Doctors will examine the body and question witnesses for further investigation,” he said.

The section of road where the accident happened was prone to accidents, Lt Col Supachai explained.

“This section of road has had a lot of accidents. Everyone has to be careful when driving along this part,” he said.

Sen Sgt Maj Surachart Ketkla, an officer with the Nakhon Sri Thammarat Provincial Police, died in an accident along the same stretch of road in August last year, when the police pickup truck he was travelling in also slid off the road and struck a roadside power pole.

Sen Sgt Maj Surachart was travelling to Phuket as part of following up on an investigation when the accident happened.

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Kurt | 03 October 2020 - 08:49:37

Do we see correct that the pick up came to stand still at opposite site of driving direction? A long serving officer, must have known about 'wrong road design' and that this section of the road has a lot of accidents. So, drive there with adjusted speed. Trying 'Speed is your winner' not always works out well. Specially not with pick ups.  Lucky drivers in opposite direction!

Rich 44 | 03 October 2020 - 03:44:56

Perhaps the road surface should be examined. Too many folks sliding off of it when wet. If everything is proper then driver education is in order.

Capricornball | 02 October 2020 - 21:32:14

So typical to phrase this "...after the police pickup truck he was driving slid off a wet road...", as if the truck did something wrong. Heaven forbid you should report that "[the driver] lost control of the vehicle before smashing into a pole". This is what happens when unskilled drivers don't adjust for bad roads and wet weather... same as with public transport drivers.

Fascinated | 02 October 2020 - 18:58:25

Ahhh- yet again it was the fault of the road, nothing to do with driving too fast for the conditions. Jail those roads I say.


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