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Man in hospital as car slams garbage truck

PHUKET: A garbage collector is in hospital with injuries to both legs after a car slammed into the back of a garbage truck on the bypass road late last night (May 16).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 17 May 2023, 09:25AM

Pol Lt Col Ekkasak Kwanwan of the Phuket City Police said officers were informed of the accident, in front of the York Yangyon tyre shop on the southbound side of the bypass road, at about 11:40pm.

Police and rescue workers from the Kusoldharm Foundation arrived to find the car, a black Toyota Vios bearing Ranong licence plates, with heavy heavy damage still jammed into the back right corner of the garbage truck.

Garbage collector ‘Mr Yao’, 48, had sustained injuries to both legs. Resuce workers administered first aid at the scene then rushed him to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

The extent of his injuries were not reported.

The garbage truck driver, Narin Chokthong, 42, told police that all he knew ;little about the accident. The men were collecting garbage for the private company they work for when he heard the car slam into the back of the truck.

The driver of the Toyota Vios, Piyapong Chimthap, 38, told police that he was driving from the Heroines Monument to Chalong to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

He said he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the back of the garbage truck.

Piyapong and his wreck were taken to Phuket City Police Station where police were to pursue their investigation into whether he was drunk driving.

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JohnC | 18 May 2023 - 08:52:26

On his way to celebrate a friend's birthday and fell asleep at the wheel. How is that even possible. If you are that tired you stay home and go to bed, forget the celebration. "Police pursue their investigation into whether he was drunk driving." I'd say that was a forgone conclusion.. Why wasn't he tested there and then?

Kurt | 17 May 2023 - 12:18:23

Another driving idiot who want to try out or his airbag is working. But at horrible cost of health of the carbage truck employee. This kinf of drivers should be banned from the roads for life, unless they  ride a ox who knows the road. Than he can ride sleeping.

Fascinated | 17 May 2023 - 09:45:08

Heroines to chalong but only made the Bypass and 'fell asleep'? He should bottle his blood as a sleep aid. He'd make a fortune. time for all crash drivers to be automatically drug and alcohol tested.


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