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Myanmar worker killed in pickup accident

PHUKET: A Myanmar worker died after the pickup truck he was riding in the back of struck a speed sign on the central reservation on Thepkasattri Rd in Srisoonthorn this morning (Feb 20).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 20 February 2023, 03:08PM

The accident occurred near the Caltex petrol station at about 8:30am.

The pickup was carrying about nine Myanmar workers in the back when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck the sign, explained Lt Pongpipad Khamchompu of the Thalang Police.

All the workers in the pickup suffered injuries, Lt Pongpipad added.

An ambulance from Thalang Hospital and a rescue team from Srisoonthorn Municipality soon arrived at the scene.

One of the workers who suffered severe injuries was rushed to Thalang Hospital. Emergency responders administered CPR en route, but the man was pronounced dead on arrival, Lt Pongpipad confirmed.

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Police have yet to release the names of the man who died and his fellow coworkers injured in the accident.

The name of the driver of the pickup also has yet to be released.

Police are continuing their investigation into the accident.

Under new road safety regulations issued by the Royal Thai Police that came into effect on Saturday (Feb 17), passengers riding in the back of pickup trucks are not required to use any form of seatbelt restraint, but the driver must not exceed 60km/h.

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Kurt | 21 February 2023 - 09:47:57

If you are 'worl-weary', one of the best places is to take a ride in the back of a pick up. Even RTP transport arrested persons in the back. No needed of seatbelts, because they are not installed. Thai logic. Some people even sit on the edge of a speeding (!) pick up. Don't come aboard with that 60 kmh speed limit nonsense. Who believes that?

JohnC | 21 February 2023 - 09:23:29

Lost control of the vehicle this time. Not brake failure or falling asleep at the wheel for a change. Even at only 60kmh unrestrained passengers sitting in the tray will surely suffer injuries or worse when involved in any accident. This is an utterly stupid law. No seatbelts or restraints then no passengers allowed applies in practically all civilised law abiding countries in the world.


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