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Man escapes serious injury as pickup slams truck parked along bypass road

Man escapes serious injury as pickup slams truck parked along bypass road

PHUKET: A 48-year-old man escaped a high-impact collision with only minor chest injuries after his pickup truck slammed into the back of a truck parked along the bypass road early this morning (July 24).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 24 July 2020, 03:24PM

Maj Akkaradet Pongprom of Phuket City Police was called to the scene, on the southbound lanes near the Toyota Pearl showroom, at 1:30am.

Police and rescue workers arrived at the scene to find a Toyota pickup, registered in Songkhla province, askew in the middle of the road with heavy damage to its front.

Nearby was a 10-wheeled truck loaded parked beside the road with damage on its rear-right from where the pickup slammed into it.

The force of the impact saw the pickup driver, Sanit Siriwat, 48, trapped in the cab of the pickup.

Kusoldharm rescue workers safely removed Mr Sanit from the cab and rushed him to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

“He suffered only minor chest injuries,” Maj Akkaradet confirmed.

“Mr Sanit told police that he was driving alone from the Thalang area. He said he was travelling at high speed.

“He said he couldn’t clearly see the 10-wheeled truck as that part of the road is very dark, but when he did see it he braked heavily. However, he was unable to avoid hitting the back of the truck,” he said.

Truck driver Okat Dusitpan, 54, told police that he was delivering rice from Singburi province to a shop in the Kathu area, Maj Akkaradet explained.

Mr Okat said that he had pulled over and parked the truck beside the road while he went to rest in a rented room nearby.

“I have asked the doctors to check for alcohol in Mr Sanit’s blood,” Maj Akkaradet said.

“I have not charged anyone for now. Mr Sanit is still recovering, let’s wait for Mr Sanit to get a little better, then I will question him soon,” he added.

“I will also question Mr Okat about parking the truck by the side of the road,” he added.

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maverick | 25 July 2020 - 13:33:33

Second time in a week - motorcyclist was killed last week after hitting a parked truck at night - truck drivers are poorly trained and no understanding of road safety their employers should be heavily fined 

CaptainJack69 | 24 July 2020 - 21:53:29

Not that it matters but it is illegal to park any vehicle on the side of a main road in Thailand, especially the buses and lorries that you regularly see parked on the sides of main roads here in Thailand. It's only the law right? Nothing important.

Kurt | 24 July 2020 - 15:40:46

Was the truck parked beside or on the road? 'Dark' truck, at  dark part of the bypass? One can't make this up. Why was the truck not having the tail lights on?  Anyway, as always here: Speed is your winner.


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