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.