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Phuket passenger van slams into safety rail at famed monument

PHUKET: Police are investigation an accident that saw a commercial passenger van slam into the guardrail protecting Phuket’s famed Heroines’ Monument at high speed in the early hours of this morning (Nov 25).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 25 November 2017, 12:09PM

The van driver, Chaiwat Bamrungsin, 40, suffered only minor injures in the impact.

Capt Warawut Sensop of the Thalang Police was notified of an accident at 4:50am.

When rescue workers arrived, Mr Chaiwat was still trying to exit the van via the driver’s door.

He had suffered a concussion and was still experiencing chest pains, and was taken to Thalang Hospital before Capt Warawut and fellow police officers arrived.

While receiving first aid at the scene, Mr Chaiwat told rescue workers that he was heading home to Tambon Thepkrasattri, north of the monument, after finishing work in Samkong.

He swerved to avoid a truck and trailer coming through the roundabout, he said.

However, Capt Warawut told The Phuket News at the scene early this morning, “At this stage we believe that the driver was asleep at wheel and collided to the rail around at the monument as there were no skid marks on the road.

“However, we are continuing our investigation and will check CCTV footage.”

Mr Chaiwat will be charged with reckless driving causing damage, Capt Warawut confirmed.

“We will also also ask medical staff to check his blood-alcohol concentration,” he added.



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Timothy | 27 November 2017 - 07:55:01

They published your comment criticizing an obvious non English speaking persons English writing skills. 

fedepar | 27 November 2017 - 07:26:20

In ten years I have never seen a policemen stopping somebody that was driving at a crazy and irresponsibel speed.
Maybe, considering the war report that is daily coming from our rouads, it is time to start with this activity ?

Kurt | 26 November 2017 - 12:50:56

Second hand car spare part shops have great business on Phuket.
Daily a flow spare parts coming in after these 'speed accidents'.

Foot | 25 November 2017 - 17:38:33

Of course he swerved to avoid a truck and trailer.  Just safe driving Thai style.

BenPendejo | 25 November 2017 - 17:09:06

Sorry to hear there were only minor injuries...Now this reckless and irresponsible fool will soon be out there risking tourists' lives again.  He should NEVER be allowed to drive public transport again...EVER!

Discover Thainess | 25 November 2017 - 13:07:33

Another day, another smashed van. Just lucky that he didn't have passengers onboard or hit anyone else.

simon01 | 25 November 2017 - 12:34:19

These guys on passenger mini buses should be arrested and have the license removed full stop. Its just luck no one was killed and if you are licensed to carry passengers then you should be responsible at all times. Any accident with a passenger car, bus, coach should instantly have license remove for good. Then that will deter ( hopefully) people to drive fast or when tired, drunk and stoned.

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