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Semi-trailer wipes out, overturns on Phuket’s busiest road

Semi-trailer wipes out, overturns on Phuket’s busiest road

PHUKET: Southbound traffic on Thepkrasattri Rd was blocked for three hours earlier today (June 17) after an 18-wheeled truck overturned and spilled wood panels across the island’s busiest road.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 17 June 2020, 07:26PM

Capt Thanom Thongpaen of the Tha Chatchai Police was called to the scene, a curve locally called “Suan Maphrao”, on Thepkrasattri Rd southbound, at 3:45pm.

Police together with Kusoldharm rescue workers and an emergency team from Thalang Hospital rushed to the scene to find a Songkhla- registered truck overturned.

The barrier on the traffic island was damaged for more than 15 metres and tyre marks on the road extended for more than 30m, police reported.

Trees and two lampposts on the traffic island were also downed in the accident, falling across the northbound lanes, reducing traffic flow on that side of the road to just one lane.

The truck driver, Suthat Thaweeburut, 40, suffered head injuries in the accident. He was received from the truck cab and rushed to Thalang Hospital. The extent of his injuries have yet to be reported.

Before being rushed to hospital, Mr Suthat told police that he had driven the truck from Songkhla to deliver the wood panels to the Phuket Deep Sea Port in Wichit.

While driving, he lost control of the truck, resulting in the truck and trailer hitting the traffic island and overturning. What caused Mr Suthat to lose control of the semi-trailer also has yet to be explained.

Local council workers from the Mai Khao Tambon Administration Office (OrBorTor) organised for the truck to be recovered and the wood panels, trees and lampposts to be removed from the road in order to allow traffic to flow freely again – an operation that took some three hours.

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Capricornball | 19 June 2020 - 12:24:44

Slow day JohnC???  Issues with Honda Accords???  Jeez.  I used the Honda Accord as an example of a very common and good handling automobile.

JohnC | 19 June 2020 - 08:12:39

@capricornball.  Do you have issues with Honda Accords, or don't know the word CAR?

Kurt | 18 June 2020 - 13:03:27

Of course,  alcohol+drugs tests done? Rest hours during the journey checked?   Having a driving license for such size truck? The speed advised at that location is 50kmh. Sure the driver drove to fast. If not driving to fast and loosing control over the truck than driver should not be allowed anymore to drive such 'deadly weapons' at public roads. But TIT, he will be back on the thai roads.

Capricornball | 17 June 2020 - 22:47:21

Another fool of a truck driver barreling along like he was driving a Honda Accord.  Glad he didn't take anyone else out, and hope he gets a goods dose of pain for being a reckless fool


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