Driver injured in wet Kathu road accident

PHUKET: A 24-year-old man suffered injuries when he lost control of the pickup truck he was driving and crashed into an electricity pole on Phra Phuket Kaew Rd in Kathu early this morning (November 5).

Lt. Col. Wattanathorn Bamrungthin of the Kathu Police said officers were notified of the accident at 1:30am near the Bangchak gas station.

The pickup truck stalled crookedly in the lanes, preventing traffic from passing through, Lt Col Wattanathorn was told.

Police and rescue workers from the Khao Yai Rescue Foundation, based at Kathu Township, arrived and found a silver Isuzu pickup truck registered in Songkhla, which was badly damaged on the front.

The driver, Teerasak Charoensri, 24, was injured. He was given first aid before being taken to Mission Phuket Hospital. No information was given about the extent of his injuries.

In their initial investigation, police said Mr Teerasak was driving from Phuket International Airport when the accident happened. Its intended destination has not been reported.

Mr Teerasak lost control of the pickup truck on the wet road, police said. The pickup went over the curb on the median, then crossed the lanes and crashed into the utility pole next to the road.

Officers had the vehicle recovered so traffic could continue as normal, police said.

Police did not mention whether Mr Teerasak had a valid driver’s license, whether he was speeding at the time of the accident, or whether he had been tested for alcohol or other substances.

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