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One injured as petrol tanker slams vehicles on Phuket road

One injured as petrol tanker slams vehicles on Phuket road

PHUKET: One person got minor injuries when a petrol tanker from Surat Thani lost control on a wet road resulting in it crashing into two pickup trucks on Thepkrasattri Rd. earlier this morning (Aug 21).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 21 August 2022, 10:46AM

Lt Col Sanit Nookong of Thalang Police received a report of an accident on Thepkrasattri Rd in tambon Srisoonthorn at around 6.12am. 

Having arrived at the scene, next to Tha Ruea Shrine, police officers and rescue workers found a 22-wheeled petrol tanker crashed into a dark-red Isuzu pickup. The force of the collision made the pickup turn perpendicular to the traffic flow and block the right lane of the highway.

The left lane was blocked by a damaged Toyota Hilux Vigo standing not far from the Isuzu and the tanker. The pickup had damage on both its front and rear right side.

Only the Isuzu driver sustained minor injuries, the truck driver and the people in the black Toyota escaped unharmed. None of them were named by police.

The driver of the 22-wheeler (a UD Quester truck towing a tanker-trailer) explained that he was driving from Surat Thani to an Esso gas station in Saphan Hin. The vehicle lost control while passing the Chinese temple south of the Heroines Monument because of the wet road and a “deteriorated front tire”, explained the driver.

The tanker first hit the black Toyota and then slammed the red Isuzu before coming to a stop in the right lane. 

Police are yet to announce what charges the driver could face. It is unclear if the man knew about the tire problem before starting his journey from Surat Thani to Phuket or if the issue emerged as he was driving. 

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Wiesel | 22 August 2022 - 18:50:32

@Kurt: did you ever hear how baffle plates (Schlingerbleche) works?? "Free liquid surface" is a minor Problem on modern Tankers.

Kurt | 22 August 2022 - 10:51:50

Question: Do Thai tanker drivers get lessons/training about 'Free liquid surface' in their tanks?

JohnC | 22 August 2022 - 09:31:45

"Deteriorated front tyre"?? In other words, like so many other vehicles on Thai roads, unroadworthy and should NOT have been driven. If he knew it needed a new tyre (or tyres) but was happy to drive all the way from Suratthani clearly he doesn't care about other road users and whether he may have an accident because of it. THINK BEFORE ACTING.

Fascinated | 21 August 2022 - 19:07:59

Ahh- the vehicle lost control, not the driver. Naughty truck!

Old guy | 21 August 2022 - 17:25:18

I guess the driver didn't know that speeding with a heavily loaded vehicle is especially careless on a wet road.  Good to see the police enforcing safe driving habits. 

Capricornball | 21 August 2022 - 11:40:35

The article says "...The vehicle lost control...".  No, not true, the irresponsible and poorly trained driver of the gas truck lost control of his vehicle and could have easily killed someone. So dangerous to have such careless and unprofessional people driving these vehicles. Just another stroke of luck that nobody was killed.

Kurt | 21 August 2022 - 11:11:18

Do drivers of petrol tankers not get additional  'dangerous cargo driving courses' ? Before taking off make a inspection round around the tanker, and,...notice the deteriorated front tire, which made the tanker object of aquaplaning on a Thai wet road? The driver did acused himself of neglect. Lucky, despite that, it cost no lives of other road users, or a accident turning out in a fire in...


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