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Truck veers off road and smashes through Chon Buri grocery store

Neill Fronde



PHOTO: A truck crashed into a Chon Buri grocery store. (via CCTV screencap)

A local grocer met with a rude awakening as he slept in a bedroom in the back of his grocery store in Chon Buri. At 2 am, the owner of a grocery store in Bor Thong was woken by a pickup truck smashing through the front of his shop, nearly into his bedroom behind the store.

Bor Thong Police responded to an emergency call after the accident and headed to the chaotic scene where a pickup truck sat in the middle of a decimated grocery store. The crash was recorded by the shop’s multiple CCTVs which captured a truck careening through an intersection, seemingly without any braking or attempt to slow down before smashing through a tree, some motorbikes, and the wall of the grocery store.

The truck had broken a tree in front of the shop completely in half when it was ploughed into, and the pickup smashed 2 motorbikes sitting in its destructive path as well. Despite such a trail of destruction, including the shop building and merchandise inside, the owner, when interviewed, estimated damages to his property were only about 45,000 baht so far.

The 41 year old owner said he had been asleep in a small bedroom in the back of the grocery store he runs when he was woken up by a loud crashing sound. He ran out of his bedroom and was met by the pickup truck in the centre of his store. It had crashed through with such force that it had nearly crossed the whole shop and into his bedroom where he was asleep.

While the reason the truck veered from the road and into the grocery store is currently unclear, the shop owner said that the driver of the pickup truck promised to take responsibility and pay for all the damage to his business after recovering from his own injuries. He was taken to the hospital for treatment for what was described as several moderate injuries from the crash.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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