Kathu Police Superintendent Pol Col Jirapat Pochanaphan said a cement truck crashed into an electricity pole in Thalang, which caused power to be cut to homes and businesses in the Thalang area.
This restricted overall power supply to the island, to the point where not enough was available to supply parts of the west coast.
Small businesses, particularly on Patong’s Bangla Rd and Taweewong Road (the beach road) were without generators, so instead brought out lamps and candles for their customers.
Patong entertainment venue owner Sakdadat “Auan” Anooman said, “From talking to other business owners in Soi Bangla about this power failure, we estimate we lost income of at least B10 million, because this is the main time that tourists are out, before the businesses close at 2am”.
Frantic business owners, plus police, tried to contact the Patong Electricity Authority after the power went out, but there was no response.
Two hotels reported that thieves had stolen items belonging to tourists from hotel rooms during the blackout. At least one tourist had an accident when they crashed their rental car into an electricity pole.
Pol Col Jirapat ordered Kathu police officials to patrol the crowded areas of Patong to help reassure tourists, until power was restored roughly two hours later around 2am.