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Five dead, 16 injured in Phang Nga crash

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PHUKET: Five people returning from a Phuket cremation ceremony were killed on Saturday night when the crowded pickup they were riding in slammed into a tree in Phang Nga.

Sixteen others were seriously injured.

A songthaew (pickup modified for passenger transport) was returning Buddhist adherents from the cremation ceremony of Mai Khao Temple Abbot Luangpor Daeng when the accident occurred in Tai Muang District just after 11pm.

The songthaew, driven by 49-year-old Venus Siangdung, was traveling along Petchkasem Road when it was allegedly cut off by a dark BMW 525i sedan, survivors said.

Mr Venus lost control of the vehicle, which crashed full force into a roadside tree.

Local resident Somboon Sanguansakul, 54, said he was resting at home when he heard a loud crash, followed by cries for help.

He immediately called Tai Muang Police after finding the overturned pickup, with scores of dead and injured, outside his home.

The wooden passenger compartment of the songthaew (literally “two rows of benches”) was splintered by the force of the impact and was unable to protect passengers when the vehicle overturned.

Workers from the Phu-In Rescue Foundation and other nearby rescue units raced the 16 survivors to Tiai Muang, Phang Nga and Vachira Phuket hospitals for treatment.

About five meters away, police found the BMW wrapped around a roadside utility pole.

The driver, 22-year-old Danuphon Sam, emerged from the luxury vehicle unharmed.

Mr Danuphon, a resident of Takuapa district, was taken into custody by District Police.

Both he and Mr Venus were charged with reckless driving resulting in death.

The dead were identified as Chookiat Rakmeuan, 43; Wirote Chaolert, 57; Sanit Janthanu, 64; Thaworn Mukdaeng, 72; Sawatdee Janthanu, 71.

All were residents of the same village in Thung Maphrao subdistrict, Tai Muang.

The 16 injured, both men and women, ranged in age from 25 to 79.

The curved stretch of the undivided highway where the accident occurred is lit with light poles on both sides every 40 meters, yet is still a common accident site, local residents said.

The accident is the second five-fatality car crash in Phang Nga this month, following a collision that claimed the lives of four young Swedes and their Thai driver on February 1.

— Nation Channel



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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