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Phuket driver blames plastic bottle for car flip

PHUKET: Police say they have yet determine whether to press charges against a man who lost control of his car, which narrowly avoided wiping out a family sitting on a motorbike with side car and then mounted a footpath and came to rest on its roof in Phuket Town early yesterday afternoon (Mar 1).

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Tuesday 2 May 2017, 02:56PM

Phuket City Police were notified of the accident, near the intersection of Komaraphat Rd and Thepkrasattri Rd, at about 1pm.

Officers and medical staff from Vachira Phuket Hospital arrived to find a silver Phuket-registered Honda City turned turtle on the footpath.

Lt Col Rachan Panwai of Phuket City Police told The Phuket News today, “The driver was elderly man, about 60 years old. He had two elderly women passengers. All of them sustained small scratches and sprains in the accident.”

Regardless, the driver, who Col Rachan refused to name, was reportedly taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

“I have not charged them yet (sic). I need to talk to them,” Col Rachan told The Phuket News this morning (May 2).

Meanwhile, dashcam video footage from inside the car has blasted across Phuket social media networks.

The video, 1:06 minutes long, was posted to the Phuket Traffic “Line” group at 9:34pm last night with the message, “the driver was a friend’s father. The accident happened because a water bottle that was under the seat got stuck under the brake.”

To this, asked whether police had confirmed whether a water bottle stuck under the brake caused the accident Col Rachan this morning said, “I don't know.”

However, Col Rachan did add, “Elders should not drive on the road.”

Additional reporting by Tanyaluk Sakoot



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Rich 44 | 04 May 2017 - 09:51:35

60 yrs is Elderly? Whatever,.... One of the First things that will increase the quality of life in Thailand would be to mandate "Quiet" mufflers on all the bikes. One noisemaker hurts the ears of thousands and angers as many as it hurtles down the street. I've seen the cross faces and head shaking in disgust, but nothing is done about it.  Then enforce the safe driving laws. My goodness, you'd think there was a bike race every time the light turns green. And if you think you are safe on the sidewalk........

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Kurt | 03 May 2017 - 10:45:17

Thailand is champion 'Car flipping'. How actually to do that?
Is there a such thing as a car-flipping-manual?
Do you need a water bottle for that?
It always looks so funny. (This time:  It wasn't me! It was the water bottle!)
One thing I learned from a professional car racer, for flipping at least you need SPEED.
Well, speed we have plenty of on the roads in Thailand. Right?

At this time: Lucky family sitting on motorbike with side car. They had a angel on their shoulder.

Anyway, another 2nd hand car dealer will be very happy with all the spare parts he gets from this wrackage to repair other cars.

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CaptainJack69 | 02 May 2017 - 21:29:37

Awww, come on, 60 isn't elderly. But what ever happened to the much older man who drove his Tuk-tuk into the police check point in Thung Thong the other month? Is he still driving around?

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Kurt | 02 May 2017 - 21:18:07

Was that a joke the police colonel made?
....." Elders should not drive on the road".....   !!!!

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Discover Thainess | 02 May 2017 - 19:35:41

Not entirely sure i would class "about 60" as "elderly" !!

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