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Pickup truck hits power pole, causes power outage

Pickup truck hits power pole, causes power outage

PHUKET: A pickup truck hit a power pole on Thepkrasattri Rd northbound in Srisoonthorn this morning (Dec 5), causing a major power outage in the area.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 5 December 2020, 01:46PM

Lt Col Thada Sodarak was called to the scene, in front of the Watchara Marine & Motor Sport Center, at 5:30am. 

Police together with an ambulance from Mission Phuket Hospital rushed to the scene to find a black Phuket-registered Ford Ranger pickup truck with heavy damage.

The power pole itself had been broken and was leaning onto the showroom roof.

The pickup driver, named by police only as “Mr Nat”, escaped with only minor injuries as airbags in the cab had deployed on impact.

Mr Nat told police that he was returning home after finishing work in Wichit when he fell asleep at the wheel and hit the power pole. 

“At this stage, police have not decided what charge Mr Nat will face,” Lt Col Thada told The Phuket News’ Thai-language sister newspaper Khao Phuket

Accident insurance will pay for the damage to property, he confirmed.

The power pole being brought down caused a power surge along electrical cables, affecting power supply up to some two kilometres away.

The surge caused one cable connection some 2.2km away to explode, which sent a live cable dangling to the ground and setting on fire a white Bangkok-registered Nissan March parked by the side of Thepkrasattri Rd.

Firefighters from the Koh Kaew Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) were soon on the scene to extinguish the fire, which had damaged only the back rear left corner of the car.

Phuket Electricity Authority (PEA) officer Worrawit Sinlalap explained that the pickup truck colliding with the power pole had caused a ‘Trip Lockout’, causing the power surge.

The cable connection blown loose by the power surge was old and needed replacing, he added.

PEA workers had begun replacing the damaged power lines and couplings, meaning power supply had to remain offline until workers had safely conducted the repairs.

“The power outage will affect the areas along the northbound side of Thepkrasattri Rd in Baan Sapam and Baan Tha Ruea,” the PEA said in its announcement earlier today.

Power supply was expected to be returned by 1pm, the PEA noted.

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Dukkkman | 09 December 2020 - 11:55:28

Nice truck. I hope insurance pays everything. I would not wish more hardship on his family. He obviously had been working long hours.

Kurt | 06 December 2020 - 10:46:48

Was he driving hi speed in the right lane while falling asleep ?  :-)

Capricornball | 05 December 2020 - 22:49:09

Irresponsible fool...just lucky he didn't take out other people...nothing but luck.  If nothing else, I hope his insurance doesn't cover anything except the damages to others, and I hope it hurt like hell.  It is the only thing he'll understand...pain and financial hardship, and I think he deserves both.


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