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‘Quick thinking and sacred amulet’ help man survive Phuket accident, he says

PHUKET: A man who crashed when he was out delivering bananas in his battered old pickup truck this morning has said that he survived the accident due to his quick thinking and also a sacred amulet he had in is possession.

Author: Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 4 August 2017, 03:55PM

The driver of the pickup truck suffered only minor injuries after crashing the wrecked pickup outside of Phuket Bird Paradise in Chalong.

Chalong Police received a report of the accident on Soi Yod Sanae at 8:40am today (Aug 4).

Police officers arrived at the scene with rescue workers to find what was originally a dark grey coloured Mazda pickup truck full of banana crashed into a taxi stand and advertisement board for Phuket Bird Paradise.

The pickup truck had come to rest against a corrugated tin fence with the back wheel and axle totally twisted out of position. Another wheel was found 15 metres down the road and bananas were scattered around the area.

The pickup truck driver, Mr Thanchanok Sangmuang, 57, from Surat Thani had suffered a minor head injures and said he had blurred vision.

He was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

Mr Thanchanok said, “I had delivered bananas to an elephant camp on Phra Yai Hill in Soi Yoi Sanae and was heading back down the hill when the brakes failed.

“My vehicle was going down the hill very fast so I changed down to a low gear. I still could not control the vehicle as the weight of banana was too heavy,” he said.

“I came to the curve where the accident occurred and tried to turn the steering wheel to avoid hitting a pylon. I then tried to turn the other way and crashed into the taxi stand.

“It was very lucky that no other vehicles were near me,” he added.

“I believe that I survived this crash because I thought quickly and did not panic when I found the brakes had failed. I immediately thought of how to avoid a serious collision.

“I also had a sacred amulet that my son gave to me. These two things helped me survive the accident.”



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CaptainJack69 | 05 August 2017 - 12:05:22

The focus shouldn't be on what saved the man in the collision, but rather on what caused the collision in the first place. Specifically the poor condition of the vehicle, the dangerous load and the irresponsible actions of the driver in taking such a vehicle out on public roads in the first place.

But hey, this is Thailand, so OK, the fairies saved him.

stegee68 | 04 August 2017 - 18:27:31

it looks as though he was also planning a trip to the recycling centre by the state of the cab. . .

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