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Phuket van driver shunted off bridge as BMW slams van parked for photo-op

PHUKET: A Phuket van driver escaped serious injuries this morning (July 8) when a BMW sedan slammed into the back of his van, which was parked on the Thao Srisoonthorn Bridge, heading off the island, while he stood in front of the van with his passengers while they took photos of the view.

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Saturday 8 July 2017, 12:30PM

The force of the impact shunted the van forward, injuring two passengers and shoving the driver, Mana Thaweesapchusri, over the guardrail and plunging into the water about 20 metres below.

Mr Mana told police at the scene that he had parked on the bridge just before 7:30am.

“I was driving 10 passengers to make merit in other provinces for Asarnha Bucha Day,” Mr Mana said, before being taken to hospital.

“I stopped the van on the bridge for passengers to take photos. While they were standing in front of the van, a car hit at the back of the van.

“I fell down from the bridge about 20 meters into the water below. Luckily, a longtail boat was nearby to help me out of the water.” he added.

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Mr Mana and one of his passengers, Supamas Kamphiranon, 62, were taken to Thalang Hospital for treatment of minor injuries

Another passenger, Dararat Nanthakitwiboon, 63, was taken to Takua Thung Hospital on the Phang Nga side of the bridge.

“People are not allowed to park on the bridge. It is very dangerous, but people still break the law and now this accident has happened,” said Capt Terdsak Keawmanee, Deputy Chief Inspector of the Khok Kloy Police.

Capt Terdsak confirmed that he would question the driver of the BMW sedan, which is registered in Phang Nga Province, about the accident.

However, the name of the BMW driver was not disclosed.



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CaptainJack69 | 09 July 2017 - 13:44:46

He was knocked into the water?

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Concernd | 09 July 2017 - 11:20:30

Nothing new ignoring the traffic rules, - unwilling to drive to the next assigned parking slot and walking few meters to their viewing spot.  Seeing everyday cars parking next to an already correct park car and obstruct correct driving motorists disturbing the smooth flow of traffic.

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simon01 | 08 July 2017 - 18:23:18

Why the hell was he stopped on the bridge. He should have his license removed for life as thats just insane, then fined a huge fine and compensation then jailed. He clearly has no clue on road use let alone driving passengers around.

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