Among those riding in the truck was a young boy, the son of one of the construction workers.
Lt Col Narong Muangduang of the Wichit Police was called to the accident scene, on the Ao Yon – Khao Khad Rd, at 5.30pm.
Police and Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers arrived to find a white Phuket-registered Isuzu truck at the bottom of the roadside slope some 10-15 metres below where it had left the road.
Of the nine injured, one was deemed to have suffered serious injuries while three suffered moderate injuries. Five of the workers escaped being flung from the truck as it overturned with only minor injuries.
Four of the injured were taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town, and the remaining five injuries were taken to Phuket Provincial Hospital in Rassada.
The nine injured were named as Mr Aung Kyaw Moe; Ms Moe Moe Thin; Ms Nay Lin Nying;
Ms Zin Moe Oo; Mr Tun Tun Win; Mr Win Nying; Mrs Thin Thin Aye; Mr Je Zin Pure; and a boy named is “Aow”, age not reported but confirmed to be the son of one of the construction workers riding in the truck.
The truck driver, 33-year-old Myanmar national Je Zin Pure, told police that he was driving the workers from a construction at Ao Yon to their camp on Soi Pracha Ruamchai, located off the Khao Khad Rd, when the accident happened.
The front left wheel of the truck had left the road, causing the truck to swerve and sending it rolling downhill, he said.
Police confirmed that they are still investigating the accident and have yet to charge the driver.