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Trailer flips, blocks Phuket major highway after alleged tire explosion

Trailer flips, blocks Phuket major highway after alleged tire explosion

PHUKET: A fully-loaded semi-trailer overturned on Thepkrasattri Rd earlier today (Dec 14) blocking the southbound lane of Phuket's major highway south of Wat Muang Mai.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 14 December 2019, 11:47AM

Maj Wuttichai Kaewthong of Thalang Police was informed of the accident at about 4:30 am.

Police and rescue workers arrived at the scene to find a Songkhla-registered truck on its side blocking the southbound lane of Thepkrasattri Rd, with its semi-trailer loaded with 36 tons of particle boards.

As the road was completely impassible for hours, all the traffic was redirected to Route 4027 (Muang Mai – Tha Rua), which is now being upgraded to become an alternative route to Thepkrasattri Rd in Thalang for when construction of the Phuket light-rail system begins.

Truck driver Thanaphon Somnuan escaped serious injuries and was taken directly to Thalang Police Station to be tested for alcohol. Mr Thanaphon tested negative.

Police are yet to reveal Mr Thanaphon's explanation of how the accident happened. Meanwhile one witness told police that right before the accident she heard a sound of an exploding tire. According to the woman, after hearing the burst she rushed out of her house and saw the overturned trailer on the road.

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Jor12 | 16 December 2019 - 16:10:58

No, it won't blow out a tyre. It's easy enough to check on the load bearing limits of a semi-trailer, like finding the distance between two points on the globe.

Kurt | 16 December 2019 - 11:48:35

Khun Fascinated.  I was just asking 2 questions.  You answered 1  ( 5 feet high only).  Than still the 36 tons weight question remains. Was that weight perhaps made a tire exploded? Well, not actual question anymore. The road has been cleared, and lucky wise nobody hurt.

Fascinated | 16 December 2019 - 09:34:08

Comment blocked yet again Mr Ed?

Just a reminder to all people posting comments on any stories here... We will try to allow comments that reply to a previous comment posted... But comments that are nothing more than derision of someone else posting a comment will not be approved - as per the terms and conditions of posting comments on our website -- Ed

Fascinated | 15 December 2019 - 18:55:45

Insp K gets it wrong yet again- quelle surprise. I passed this overturned trailer at around 9am yesterday. The load was still  strapped to the vehicle and by no manner was it top heavy- the stacks were probably no more than 5 feet high at the most. The beauty of observation over speculation.

Kurt | 14 December 2019 - 19:26:46

Is 36 tons of cargo not to much for a semi trailer? And was perhaps 'top heavy'? ( high centerpoint)


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