Pol Col Kraisorn Boonprasop of Thalang Police was notified of the accident, on Thepkrasattri Rd northbound near the pedestrian overpass at Wat Srisoonthorn School, at 00:30am.
Thalang police along with rescue workers from Srisoonthorn Municipality and the Muang Mai branch of the Kusoldharm Foundation arrived at the scene, about 300 metres south of the Baan Lipon U-turn, to find the heavily damaged pickup still wrapped around the pole.
The driver, Songkiad Sukanantapong, 36, from Ao Luek, Krabi, was dead at the scene, his body still trapped in the cab of his Phuket-registered Isuzu D-Max pickup.
Rescue workers used hydraulic equipment to recover Mr Songkiad’s body, which they transported to Thalang Hospital.
According to the police investigation, Mr Songkiad was driving home from Phuket Town when the accident happened. He lived at the Karn Keha housing estate in Moo 1, Srisoonthorn, about two kilometres from the scene of the accident.
Mr Songkiad was travelling at speed when he lost control of the pickup and slammed into the power pole. The road was wet from recent rain, said the report.