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Police urge caution as car slams into street lamp

Police urge caution as car slams into street lamp

PHUKET: Police are urging drivers to exercise caution after another single-vehicle accident occurred on Thepkrasattri Rd at the Tha Reua U-turn, south of the Heroines Monument, early yesterday morning (Nov 4), when a car slammed into a street-lamp pole on the central reservation.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 5 November 2021, 11:45AM

Police and rescue workers were called to the scene, about one kilometre south of the Heroines Monument, at about 5:48am.

The first-responders arrived to find a green, Bangkok-registered Nissan March with heavy damage still resting against the street lamp posted on the central reservation.

The car had also levelled a traffic signal lamp post.

The driver had sustained minor injuries in the impact.

The driver, believed to have fallen asleep at the wheel, was travelling northbound when the accident happened, noted Lt Col Patiwat Yodkwan of the Thalang Police.

Thai Residential

The accident yesterday follows a Ph Khlok couple sustaining injuries on Monday (Nov 1), when the pickup they were travelling in slowly veered off the road, clipped a tree and slammed into a roadside power pole, Lt Col Patiwat pointed out.

In that accident, the driver also fell asleep at the wheel, Lt Col Patiwatnoted.

In both accidents, the vehicles were travelling northbound, he added.

“Please be careful when driving on such roads, especially during the rush hour,” he said.

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JohnC | 06 November 2021 - 09:59:37

I guess the obvious question is do they have driving licences? This question is never addressed in these "accidents". And if they do were they bought or did they actually do the driving tests required to get it. I know many locals who paid bribes rather than bother going through the tests. What Thais don't seem to realize is that vehicles are lethal weapons as dangerous as any gun, i...

Concerned | 06 November 2021 - 08:00:10

More Traffic Lights needed on Thep Krasattri Road
On order to make safe U-turn’s and avoid collision with fast approaching motorists

christysweet | 05 November 2021 - 15:11:26

Remove driver seat belts and put spikes on the steering wheels. They'll drive more carefully. Widening of roads to facilitate taxis jetting about is why more accidents are happening. Make it safer to drive faster and... people will drive faster than safely. 

Foot | 05 November 2021 - 13:58:54

"...Police are urging drivers to exercise caution..."  So much easier than actually having a police force to enforce traffic laws.  Heck, that would actually involve work!

Kurt | 05 November 2021 - 13:36:44

This is the 2nd one in 3 days ( as far we know by publication).  Police should urge better driving training at Transport Bureaus! At Transport Bureaus they have to teach 'reality driving with caution' in the traffic on the road. Police is partly responsible for being lazy not enforcing speed limits.

CaptainJack69 | 05 November 2021 - 12:55:43

Not to repeat myself (sarcasm emoji)  but these collisions are never "accidents". That would imply that no one is at fault.

Specifically here the driver "fell asleep at the wheel". That is neither unforeseeable nor unavoidable by the driver who breaches their duty of care by being behind the wheel in an unfit state to drive.

Fascinated | 05 November 2021 - 12:39:10

Its amazing how many here struggle with bends, uphills and downhills but are Lewis Hamilton in a straight line. Maybe we have found a cure for insomnia- get behind the wheel of a car. Its amazing how many drivers here 'fall asleep' at the wheel. Its not as if they've been driving for hours.


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