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Van slams into guardrail on Patong-Kamala road

Van slams into guardrail on Patong-Kamala road

PHUKET: Police believe a passenger van driver fell asleep at the wheel, causing the van to slam into a roadside guardrail on the Kamala - Patong road.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 1 May 2023, 09:14AM

Maj Woranan Khankaew of the Kamala Police said officers were informed of the accident, near the Nakalay Palm Resort, at 5:40am yesterday (Apr 30).

Police and rescue workers from Kamala Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) arrived at the scene to find a Toyota van registered in Surat Thani impaled on the end of the guardrail.

The driver, Bundit Puchong, 33, was not injured, and was standing by waiting for police at the scene.

There were no passengers in the van at the time of the accident.

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Mr Bundit told police that he had driven from the Sarasin Bridge to pick up passengers at Patong Beach. He lost control of the van and crashed into the barricade.

However, police said they believe Mr Bundit fell asleep at the wheel, as there were no brake skid marks on the road before the point of impact with the guardrail.

Police said they were continuing their investigation, with Mr Bundit and his van both taken to Kamala Police Station.

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JohnC | 02 May 2023 - 08:43:56

Even worse than being an incompetent driver is the fact that he blatantly lied to the police about what he was doing at the time. If not asleep then he was not looking at what he was doing, so the other option is staring at this dumbphone whilst driving. Either way take his licence away for the good of others in the community.

Capricornball | 01 May 2023 - 20:06:08

Just another public transport moron living up to their collective reputation.  Every one of these irresponsible fools is an accident waiting to happen, and luckily nobody else was hurt in this blunder. Not to worry, this clown will be back behind the wheel in no time, probably today, and this won't even be a memory in a week. 3rd world actions.

Fascinated | 01 May 2023 - 12:08:07

'Fell asleep' after just driving fom Sarasin- give me a break. There are convoys of these minivans terrorising the roads at present with excessive speed and dangerous driving. Surprised the Kamla police even turned up- they seem completely indifferent to the appaling driving on the 'Kamala Racetrack'.

Kurt | 01 May 2023 - 09:45:07

Driven from Sarasin Bridge, or driven from Surat Thani and passing Sarasin Bridge? Probably overtiredness played a role, due to driving whole night. Well, a lesson learned.


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