Connect with us


Driver plows Phuket trees, hits pole

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: A businessman driving from Phang Nga to Phuket crashed his pickup truck in Thalang yesterday, taking out six small roadside trees before finally crashing into a power pole.

Thalang Police were notified of the accident just after 10am.

At the scene, in front of the Yee Teng Mansion on Thepkrasattri Road near the Isuzu dealership, police and rescue workers found the driver with bruises and minor abrasions, but no serious injuries. There were no passengers in the truck at the time.

Police identified the driver as 25-year-old Methee Piyanamwanich of Takua Thung District, Phang Nga.

Kusoldharm Foundation workers gave Mr Methee first aid treatment at the scene before taking him to Thalang Hospital, where he was treated for the injuries.

Mr Methee told Thalang Police he was in Phuket on business when he lost control of the vehicle.

Rescue workers at the scene said that although the crash happened at a notorious U-turn area, there were no other vehicles involved.

It was not raining at the time but the road was wet from a previous downpour, they said.

Although the front of the vehicle was badly damaged, Mr Methee was spared more serious injury because he was wearing a safety belt and his air bag successfully deployed, they added.

However, Mr Methee will face charges for damage to state property, including the destruction of six roadside trees, police said.

The area in front of the Yee Teng mansion is one of many dangerous U-turns on Thepkrasattri Road.

Others, including the Super Cheap U-turn in Rassada and the Bang Khu U-turn in Koh Kaew, have been closed off by authorities due to the high number of accidents that occurred, many of them fatal.

— Wichai Witthawat


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

World31 mins ago

Antivirus legend John McAfee apparent suicide in Spanish prison

Coronavirus (Covid-19)44 mins ago

Thursday Covid Update: 4,108 new cases; provincial totals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Bar girls in Pattaya arrested for allegedly violating Covid restrictions while live streaming

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Protests2 hours ago

Gathering for 89th anniversary of constitutional monarchy

Crime2 hours ago

Police arrest suspect who allegedly killed Covid patient and 7-Eleven clerk

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Multiple Bangkok hospitals stop Covid testing, citing fear of insufficient beds

Pattaya3 hours ago

Chon Buri governor says Pattaya bars will stay closed for now, Covid cases remain high

Crime3 hours ago

15 year old stabbed at private school

Thailand3 hours ago

UPDATE: Police identify alleged gunman who opened fire at field hospital, killing a patient

Thailand4 hours ago

PM orders investigation into pricey street lamps

Best of5 hours ago

Top 5 Thai Restaurants in Bangkok

Phuket5 hours ago

Phuket governor outlines plans to track and trace foreign arrivals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Thursday Covid Update: Latest wave exceeds 200,000 cases

Thailand5 hours ago

Guitarist from “Playground” dies in road incident

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

First delivery of Sinopharm vaccines approved for distribution

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8