Connect with us

Phuket

Tragic irony: Phuket road rescue volunteer dies in horror smash

Published

 on 

PHUKET: A volunteer emergency rescue worker, who used his spare time to help Phuket road accident victims, died this morning when his own car slammed into a power pole on Chao Fa West Road in Chalong.

Chalong Police duty officer Anukul Nuket and fellow officers responded to a call at 1:20am today reporting that a black Honda sedan had overshot the curve near the Chalong power substation and slammed into a power pole at the corner of Chaofa Soi 50, also locally known by its old name Soi Taiad.

The driver, 24-year-old Warak Singhabumrung of Nanai Rd in Patong, was dead inside the car.

It took volunteers from the Phuket Ruamjai Kupai Rescue Foundation almost three hours using three “jaws of life” cutters to recover the body of their former colleague from the wreckage.

They were assisted by Wichit Municipality Disaster Prevention and Mitigation officers, who were also called in to help.

The force of the impact pushed Mr Warak’s body into the front passenger’s seat. His skull was fractured and his neck, arms and legs broken.

Volunteer colleagues and Mr Warak’s family members expressed deep sorrow while watching his body being pulled from the wreck.

“He was very friendly and a good man, willing to help others,” said one onlooker.

Mr Warak, a taxi driver who worked the beach road in front of the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa in Karon, had worked many years as a Phuket Ruamjai volunteer.

One eyewitness told police the car was heading south at high speed before it left the road, reportedly airborne for about three meters before it crashed into the power pole.

Mr Warak’s body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for examination and storage while funeral arrangements are made.

Family members accepted the accident as Mr Warak’s fate. The curve, notoriously dangerous especially in the rain, has been the site of many serious accidents resulting in injury and death over the years, they said.

The accident came less than 24 hours after another man luckily escaped injury on Kata Hill. The car slid off the road and became wedged between a power pole and the roadside embankment.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

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.

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Road deaths3 hours ago

‘Drowsy’ driver crashes van, killing 3 Laotian workers

Thailand3 hours ago

Is the dream over? China walks back Belt & Road ambitions

Politics4 hours ago

Prasert levels 6-billion corruption accusations at Prayut

Sponsored6 hours ago

Segafredo Zanetti Coffee teamed up with Bangkok Airways and hosted “Bangkok Airways Surf Festival 2022”

Thailand4 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Baht plunges to 38 against USD for the first time in 16 years

Phuket4 hours ago

Phuket dwellers honour 10th Lunar Month

Thailand5 hours ago

Thai govt owes 100 million baht to hospitality industry

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand5 hours ago

BMA reveals Bangkok druggies buy yaba online 

Phuket5 hours ago

Delivery driver & customer brawl over payment in Phuket

Transport5 hours ago

Thai Airways flying high at Skytrax Awards

Thailand6 hours ago

Soi Dog Foundation steps up fight against rabies and dog meat trade in Vietnam

Visa6 hours ago

Thailand to extend Smart Visa scheme to draw talent

Cannabis6 hours ago

Can I take cannabis on domestic flights in Thailand?

Thailand6 hours ago

Thailand pays 3.8 billion baht for first train hub in hospital

Transport8 hours ago

Bomb scare on flight from San Francisco to Singapore

South8 hours ago

English teacher’s body found in South Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Phuket2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Trending