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Woman, granddaughter downed by loose phone cable

Woman, granddaughter downed by loose phone cable

PHUKET: A 51-year-old woman and her 10-year-old granddaughter escaped serious injury after a communications cable hanging loose from a roadside pole brought down the motorbike they were riding on Chao Fa West Rd near Chalong Hospital yesterday (June 19).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 20 June 2022, 06:52PM

Local rescue workers were alerted to the accident by a passer-by who reported that two people had been injured in a motorbike fall at the entrance to Soi Pramote off Chao Fa West Rd, in Moo 8 Chalong.

Rescue workers arrived to find Soraya Angsanam, 51, and her granddaughter Rattana Charoensap, 10, on the road with minor injuries. The pair were administered first aid at the scene before being taken to Chalong Hospital nearby.

Ms Soraya explained that she and her granddaughter were returning home after buying some lunch when she rode over the loose cable and they were brought down.

The two had travelled about 100 metres past the pole before the cable pulled taut, snapping up her left arm and across her throat, causing her to lose control of the motorbike, Ms Soraya said.

Ms Soraya suffered only minor injuries along her left arm and across her throat, along with scrapes and bruises to her legs sustained when she fell onto the road.

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Nong Rattana also escaped the incident with only minor injuries to her arms and legs, and a bump to her left temple.

It was not reported whether the two were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.

Since treating their injuries, doctors have released both Ms Soraya and Nong Rattana.

Chalong Municipality has yet to recognise the incident.

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Kurt | 21 June 2022 - 09:48:09

Capricornball, already several times I wrote here about the ínoperative dangling cable nonsense. It is a eye sore, and it makes poles unneeded heavy, falling over road during rain/storms. There is for enormes capital material ,good for recycling, hanging in the air along the roads. Well, since there is no one 'ordering' removal things goes on as it is. Even cause sometimes road accidents.

JohnC | 21 June 2022 - 09:25:27

Where the wind brought down several power poles in Naiharn last month there are still miles of old cable and wire just left in piles by the side of the road. No effort was made by any of the internet or cable TV companies that were quick to put up new lines but no interest in removing the old they cut down. Put the onus on these people to clean up their own mess! Big fines should make them think.

Capricornball | 20 June 2022 - 21:06:06

Utterly insane that these workers think it's OK to leave these cabling wads the way they do.  Fascinated is right...there should be an island-wide initiative to at least thin out the inoperative cables, or to underground these eyesores all over the place.  These cable clusters are such an unruly mess that they are common tourist photos to show friends back home how half-assed Thailand is.

Fascinated | 20 June 2022 - 19:10:15

Go down any soi on the island and you are likely to find this. Best thing to do is pull them all down, there must be miles of redundant cable. I carry black and yellow warning tape and put it on some of the more dangerous cables around Kamala.


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