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Truck takes down 7 power poles causing blackout in Chalong

PHUKET: A truck has knocked over seven power poles on a street in Chalong today (May 3) causing a blackout in the area.

By The Phuket News

Friday 3 May 2019, 04:19PM

Chalong Mayor Samran Jindapol at 12:30pm this afternoon asked the public to avoid Soi Thanuthep, which runs between Chao Fah East and Chao Fah West Roads, approximately 1km north of Chalong Circle.

“We must temporarily close the road due to a truck taking down seven power poles. Please avoid the road for safety reasons. Chalong Municipality and Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) staff and working on repairing the damage,” the mayor announced.

The truck got caught in power cables at about midday, taking down seven power poles as it continued along the road.

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Maj Prasit Raop of Chalong Police told The Phuket News today, “One person was injured when cables came down on their motorbike as they were riding along the road. I’ve yet to find out who the injured person is but I know that they were taken to (the Accident and Emergency Department of the yet-to-opened) Chalong Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.”

Police took the driver of the truck, Annuwa Rormaza, 31, to Chalong Police Station for further questioning.

PEA officials told The Phuket News, “The fallen power poles have affected the power supply in the area. As a result, we have shut off the power supply until 8pm tonight while repairs are made.”



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Fascinated | 06 May 2019 - 20:37:30

Maybe sinking the poles in a bit more than 5 or so feet would stop them being pulled out of the ground like toothpicks. Holes are augured in and the poles just stuck in without any extra cement or support.

Kurt | 05 May 2019 - 12:49:05

As long there is no break through in lethargic thinking to forbid these heavy 6-10 wheel trucks to drive through soi's were they have no business, that long Phuket remains still far from becoming smart. Can't handle such simple matters.

BigA | 04 May 2019 - 11:19:58

Please hang the cables a bit higher so the trucks can pass under! Thanks,

BenPendejo | 03 May 2019 - 19:32:54

Another result of allowing untrained fools to drive whatever the hell kind of vehicle they want.  A properly trained and responsible truck driver would have sensed the need for caution...but not 31 year old Khun Annuwa.  Not only could he not avoid the hazard, but he just kept going...oblivious to the world around him.  Today should he this guy's last day behind the wheel of a commercial vehic...

Kurt | 03 May 2019 - 19:03:35

What is that for nonsense that container trucks, cement trucks, water tankers and that kind of heavy transport  are allowed to make short cuts by using a Soi!  Soi's are not roads mend for this kind of traffic. Same counts for Soi Ausorn were a while ago a truck took power poles down at corner with 7-Inn hotel. He had no business there. Forbid this large trucks to drive there. No need. 

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