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Phuket tuk-tuk driver, 81, slams into police checkpoint

PHUKET: An 81-year-old Phuket tuk-tuk driver is in hospital after his vehicle crashed into the Kathu Police Checkpoint this morning (Jan 23), causing serious damage to the structure and causing traffic delays as rush-hour motorists paused to take in the spectacle.

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By The Phuket News

Monday 23 January 2017, 10:34AM


The tuk-tuk driver, Fad Yayee, had just descended Patong Hill and was driving eastward toward Phuket Town at about 8am when he mowed down a police sign warning motorists of the checkpoint ahead, jumped the gutter and slammed into the checkpoint building.

The checkpoint was unmanned at the time, but Kusoldharm rescue workers were soon at the scene to render assistance.

“Mr Fad has been taken to hospital, but we have yet to confirm the extent of his injuries,” Kathu Police Chief Col ML Pattanajak Jakkapan.

“We have yet to question him, but at this stage we believe he simply fell asleep at the wheel. Mr Fad is very old, and may have been very tired,” he said.

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Mr Fad may yet face charges of damaging public property, Col ML Pattanajak said.

‘The checkpoint building suffered some damage,” he added.

However, Col ML Pattanajak did not elaborate on whether or not Mr Fad will have to prove to officials that he remains to fit to drive a commercial passenger vehicle that primarily ferries tourists around the island.

 

 

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benvenuto | 23 January 2017 - 18:04:32

"...we believe he simply fell asleep at the wheel. Mr Fad is very old, and may have been very tired"
If I have a crash I hope it is in Kathu where I expect Kathu Police Chief Col ML Pattanajak Jakkapan would be equally sympathetic to an old farang like me.
 

Kurt | 23 January 2017 - 16:33:55

Many laws in Thailand.
Is there no public transport law article saying something about health certification and maximum age public transport drivers?

Respected age of 81, for thai very old.
Are there no people with brains around this old gentleman to stop him driving tuk tuk long time ago.
Ever eye sight tested the last 10 years?

And the thai police, professionals in non-law enforcement, ...

BenPendejo | 23 January 2017 - 12:41:28

Let's hope that this was the last run for this guy. At 81, there is no way  in hell that this old man should be carting tourists around in his tin can tuktuk.  The fact that this guy is still out there driving tourists around speaks volumes of how disconnected Thai transport officials are from making rational decisions about public safety.  But then again, I wouldn't be surprised if they a...

LivinLOS | 23 January 2017 - 10:59:05

And no mention of a toxicity or sobriety test.. Cant be rude to anyone 'pee' can we !! 

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