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New pickup smashes parked cars and power pole

PHUKET: Four people have escaped with minor injuries with the driver unharmed after she lost control of her new pickup truck and smashed into a power pole and two parked cars in Thalang last night (Mar 10).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 11 March 2019, 01:08PM

Thalang Police were notified of the accident at about 8:30pm on the northbound side of Thepkrasattri Rd, approximately 500 metres before Heroines Monument.

Lt Col Kitiphum Thinthalang of Thalang Police reported, “We arrived at the scene to find three badly damaged pickup trucks and five people involved in the accident.”

“Ms Ratchanee Kornpaisong, 25, was driving a new, red Toyota Hilux with four passengers. They were heading north from Phuket Town where they had been to a cinema,” Col Kitiphum explained. “Ms Ratchanee lost control of the vehicle and smashed into a power pole on the pavement, hitting a parked, beige Mitsubishi pickup truck which then hit a black Mazda pickup truck parked in front.”

The four injured passengers are Natchapol Chukaew, 18, Naraporn Samin, 19, Chakrapan Saejiam, 19, and Thimaphon Phethaisong, 23.

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“We coordinated with Kusoldharm Foundation to take the injured to Thalang Hospital to receive treatment,” Col Kitiphum noted.

“We also arranged for the vehicles involved to be taken to Thalang Police Station for further inspection,” he added.

Asked if the driver was tested for alcohol, Col Kitiphum said, “We did not test her for alcohol as she did not appear drunk.”



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Rorri_2 | 12 March 2019 - 14:36:31

One person certainly "drunk" was the reporter.. "new" pick up... no way... recently purchase old pick up... maybe.

peter rawai | 12 March 2019 - 12:27:02

IF they are going to ban riding in the rear of pickups they will need to start with the Tuk TUks which are only small pickups with no safety features for paying passengers

Fascinated | 11 March 2019 - 13:54:44

How does one not 'appear' drunk'? Everyone involved in 'accidents' should be tested as a matter of course. Their phones should be audited as well to see if they were using them when they 'lost control' or one of the myriad of other pathetic excuses we have become accustomed to read.

Kurt | 11 March 2019 - 13:50:41

And here we are, the RTP side pass the thai traffic laws and allow Pick ups to have passengers in the bed of the cars during Sonkrang. ( today in BKKPost and PN).Well, see the photos of this accident and think yourself about this crazy unsafe unlawful  initiative of the RTP for during Songkran.  Have a unsafe road Sonkrang.

Kurt | 11 March 2019 - 13:42:07

"We did not test on alcohol as she didn't appear drunk"!  ...She didn't appear ?!!... When is RTP setting a professional standard and test every driver on  drugs and alcohol, even when they not appear under influence? This accident justifies a extensive investigation. Involved car insurances should demand! Something with this lady was wrong.  Speed? Busy with iPhone while driving...

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