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Phuket Pajero flattens power pole

PHUKET: A 38-year-old man who fell asleep at the wheel survived an impact that broke a concrete power pole pole on Thepkrasattri Rd Rd south of the Heroines Monument early this morning (Apr 5).

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 5 April 2022, 03:38PM

Rescue workers and police were called to the scene, on the northbound lanes at the U-turn in front of the Yee Teng Mansion opposite Wat Ta Reua, at about 5am.

At the scene officers found a white Phuket-registered Mitsubishi Pajero Sport with heavy damage to its front.

A broken concrete power pole lay on the ground along with several road signs.

The driver, Pichet Jamnumkerd, 38, had escaped with only minor injuries.


Pichet explained that he was driving from Phuket Town to his home in Thalang when fell asleep and crashed into the power pole.

Officers arranged for the wreck to be taken to Thalang Police Station, while electricity authority workers began repairs to restore power supply.

Pichet was also taken to Thalang Police Station to be charged with reckless driving causing damage to government property, police confirmed.

The report made no mention of Pichet being tested for drunk driving.

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maverick | 06 April 2022 - 10:36:07

With hardship brought about by mishandling of Covid by incompetent government , severe hardship has befallen many families. So many people are moonlighting working ridiculous hours to survive, incl taxi drivers any surprise that these incidents occur. There is no social safety net to protect these people when business’s are hit - especially in a tourist driven economy like Phuket.

JohnC | 06 April 2022 - 09:37:44

The numbers of people who 'fall asleep' at the wheel in this country is higher than anywhere else I have heard about.  Then again I have never met another race of people who can so easily go to sleep just about anywhere at any time. Takes great talent to do that!

Kurt | 06 April 2022 - 00:33:35

This is now a typical case for immidiately enforce such driver having drug/alcohol test. I am sure in the extensive Thai road laws is at least 1 article that command car drivers to be fit to drive awake at a certain period of time ( 2 hrs ?) and next have at least a proper rest time before continuing voyage. It is all the lack of law enforcement what power poles experience.  Hehehe.

Kurt | 06 April 2022 - 00:22:55

How lucky are we on Phuket island to have enough power poles along the roads to stop cars of which drivers like to sleep behind wheel instead of driving safe with open eyes or take rest in time during a drive.....Thank you, power pole, for your safety work/effort to protect us road users against irresponsible drivers. There are no excuses for 'falling a sleep' on the road. 


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