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Truck wipes out ‘song taew’, three escape with minor injuries

Truck wipes out ‘song taew’, three escape with minor injuries

PHUKET: Three people escaped without life-threatening injuries after a truck collided with a local bus in front of Chaomae Lakmuang Shrine, on the northbound section of Thepkrasattri Rd, Moo 5, Thepkrasattri, early this morning (Mar 12).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 12 March 2020, 03:27PM


The local bus, otherwise known as a “song taew”, suffered massive damage. Its driver, 71-year-old Mr Phon Wonghiran, sustained scratches and bruises across his chest and to his right leg and was taken to hospital.

The Pathum Thani registered truck had veered off the road following the collision and also sustained damages. Its driver, Kiattipon Phittayanan, 28, and his passenger, On-uma Chanpruek, 38, had suffered injuries to their bodies and were taken to Thalang Hospital.

Lt Pattarakorn Phongphaiboon of the Thalang Police was called to the scene at 5:45am this morning together with Kusoldharm rescue workers and an emergency team from Thalang Hospital.

According to police, Phon stated that he was making a U-turn on the northbound section of the road when the truck, which was driving very quickly, hit the back of the bus resulting in the drivers of both vehicles losing control and crashing.

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Lt Pattarakorn told The Phuket News that both vehicles had been taken to Thalang Police Station.

Asked whether police had conducted alcohol tests on either driver Lt Pattarakorn confirmed they had not, stating, “I did not smell any alcohol from them.”

When asked whether any charges would be made, he said, “at this stage, we are still working on the investigation.

“We will question both drivers once they have been released from hospital and decide from there,” he concluded.

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Kurt | 13 March 2020 - 09:54:49

Another lazy sloppy cop, not testing on alcohol/drugs use. Is this what they call a 'investigation'?  LOL. Why RTP is doing/not doing things that make them not taken serious by the public? But great, 1 more slow driving pre-historic traffic jams creating 'bus' off the road.

Timothy | 13 March 2020 - 09:43:54

You can see how well these things are built. Hopefully that won't be back on the road again. Those things are always driven at 20 km per hour and swerve in and out of traffic without notice. Why not a proper bus service? Oh yeah, taxi mafia and huge budget $$$ for a train to nowhere. 

Rorri_2 | 13 March 2020 - 07:58:38

"Asked whether police had conducted alcohol tests on either driver Lt Pattarakorn confirmed they had not, stating, “I did not smell any alcohol from them,” dumb ass cop, not all alcohol leaves a "smell", on ones breath, but again alcohol testing SHOULD be MANDATORY.

Fascinated | 12 March 2020 - 19:34:02

Comment continued due to limits. I apprecaite that in this case the son taew was rear ended, not hit crossing the u-turn but speeding along this road is a major factor in most crashes.

Fascinated | 12 March 2020 - 19:32:30

Good old 'sniff tests'. All drivers at the scene of a crash should be tested as a matter of course. One ponders the wisdom of a 71 year old being allowed to drive passenger vehicles as well. His reaction times trying to cross such a busy road should be called into question. People drive at ridiculous speeds along that road (as shown  and it is difficult for someone with all their wits to j...

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