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Van fells power lines in Koh Kaew

PHUKET: A passenger van brought down six power poles in an accident on the Thung Kha-Sapam bypass road, located behind the Toyota Bypass outlet, in Koh Kaew early this morning (Apr 23).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 23 April 2023, 10:01AM

Police were informed of the accident at about 2:40am, reported Pol Lt Col Udom Petcharat, Chief of Investigation at Phuket City Police Station. .

Officers and rescue workers from the Kusoldharm Foundation arrived at the scene to find six high-voltage power poles still conducting live current had fallen onto the road.

A Bangkok-registered white Toyota van at the scene had suffered heavy damage to its front, with the driver trapped inside the cab.

Rescue workers had to wait for the power supply to the felled power poles to be shut off before they could recover the driver Thanakorn Sanguansuk, 34, from the vehicle.

Thanakorn was administered emergency first aid for a deep wound to his forehead, then rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

Thanakorn told officers that he was driving from Phuket Town when he lost control of the van on the curve, and struck just the one power pole. The force of the impact felled the pole, causing the other power poles to fall, he said.

Police said they were continuing their investigation into the accident.

Meanwhile, the road remained closed while workers from Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) carried out repairs to the felled power lines and restored power supply to the area.


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JohnC | 24 April 2023 - 09:02:34

Lost control on a dry road can only mean excessive speed. Surprised he didn't blame it on "brake failure", the most common excuse used by locals, closely followed by "fell asleep at the wheel". Or, one of my favourites, the vehicle suddenly veered off the road by itself.

Kurt | 24 April 2023 - 08:03:12

What a mess we see on photos. Lucky driver, only a deep wound on his forehead. ( This on top of disconnections inside his head, which is a van drivers disease.).

Kakka2 | 23 April 2023 - 11:23:39

he must have going 40-50km per hour i'm sure... 

Fascinated | 23 April 2023 - 11:18:28

there has been an expolsion of minibuses on the island over the past 6 months. their fast, aggreeive bullying tactics casue a hazard to other road users. I counted 20 in a row the other day. At least  the chug chug buses don't bull their way through traffic. 'Losing control on a curve'= driving too fast,


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