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Woman loses leg in Phuket road accident

PHUKET: A woman has had her leg severed after the motorbike she was riding collided into the back of a pickup truck in Chalong yesterday (April 24).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 25 April 2018, 11:08AM


Rescue workers attend to the woman, named only as Joy, at the accident scene in Chalong yesterday (April 24). Photo: Suppawatkan Kunnaluck

Rescue workers attend to the woman, named only as Joy, at the accident scene in Chalong yesterday (April 24). Photo: Suppawatkan Kunnaluck

Maj Thada Sodarak of the Chalong Police was notified of the accident, which occurred before the entrance to the Tesco Lotus Chalong shopping centre on Chao Fa West Rd northbound at about midday.

Rescue workers arrived at the scene to find a Mitsubishi pickup truck stopped by the side of the road with a Honda Click motorbike still rammed into the back, and a woman with her left leg enmeshed with the pickup’s rear bumper.

The woman, identified at the scene only as “Joy”, estimated to be about 30 years old, was still conscious.

However, rescue workers were forced to use a hydraulic cutter to free her from the pickup truck so they could rush her to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town with her left leg still partially attached.

According to police, Ms Joy was heading north on Chao Fa West Rd when the pickup truck, which was travelling southbound, cut across her to turn right.

Ms Joy was travelling at speed and was unable to avoid the collision, the witness told police.

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The driver of the pick truck, a foreign expat who police have yet to name, was taken to Chalong Police Station for further investigation.

Ms Joy suffered extensive blood loss, but is alive.

“The doctors had to amputate the woman’s leg,” Maj Thada of the Chalong Police told The Phuket News’s sister newspaper Khao Phuket this morning (April 25).

“We questioned the driver, and the driver is willing to help the woman with everything,” he added.

“At this stage we have not charged the driver yet, but we do expect to press a charge of reckless driving causing serious injures. Right now we are still continuing our investigation,” Maj Thada said.

Additional Reporting by Chutharat Plerin

 

 

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Christy Sweet | 26 April 2018 - 10:52:31

If you're speeding recklessly, then you're at fault. Too many drivers have no visible consciousness in this regard. The system does not provide for it. Kids need instruction in civic duty beyond the current trinity worship.  

simon01 | 25 April 2018 - 15:24:59

God bless. may she make a good recovery. So sad everytime a young person is hurt or killed by the bloody stupid driving here on Phuket. Another life ruined for no reason at all.

Wilma | 25 April 2018 - 15:05:32

Look on the pics, that the car is standing of the road.
The driver cant move the pick up around with a Joy hanging on to rear bumper.

Wilma | 25 April 2018 - 15:01:38

I was at the scene.
ms. Joy, was travelling with more than 90 km an hour. Her boyfriend was just coming after her in the speed, but luckily he had more breaking time, where ms Joy was down to less than 20 meters, before she start breaking.
The driver was helping ms Joy from bleeding to death, because the driver tried a rob around her leg, that stopped the bleeding.
Nobody can avoid in that spee

moskito | 25 April 2018 - 13:44:54

I cant count the fatal accidents i see with my own eyes in the past 20 years I am living in Phuket. 
With 20 to 21.000 DEAD People in Road accidents I really wonder where all the people are, not dead, but sitting in wheelchairs or having legs and arms amputated. Do they loose face when showing up after a bad accident on the street again or where are they? 
:
An educational TV would be good here

marcher | 25 April 2018 - 11:55:29

Rather sad for Joy, but I cannot understand how she could hit the back of the pickup if he was making a right hand turn. Would happen if he was making a u-turn otherwise she would have hit his nearside

Kurt | 25 April 2018 - 11:54:02

If this was happening at 'junction' Chaofa West rd/entrance Tesco Lotus, that is really a dangerous adventure to turn in and out over there
Although there is a speed-advice of 50 kmh, people drive like mad as that location as there is no Tesco Lotus entrance at all
And people driving in/out Tesco Lotus lanes underestimate the high speed north/south bound traffic
Traffic lights?

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