Trailer overturns on Phuket Town bypass road

PHUKET: A tractor trailer overturned on the bypass road skirting Phuket Town late this afternoon, leaving the road surface covered in energy drink and creating a tailback. No injuries were reported.

Rawin Hangnark, the 42-year-old driver of the cab and flatbed rig, told the Phuket Gazette he was travelling in the left southbound lane en route to Chalong with two other men who had set off with him from Bangkok.

As he neared the u-turn in front of the Keehin electric supply showroom in Rassada, a car trying to negotiate the u-turn there stopped suddenly to avoid hitting a southbound motorbike.

When the native of Yasothorn braked to avoid hitting the car, the resulting torque caused the flatbed trailer to roll onto its side. Much of its load of 32,400 bottles of M-150 brand energy drink, in crates of 20, crashed onto the pavement.

Mr Rawin estimated the total damage at about 800,000 baht.

The trailer and cab came to rest in the u-turn area, allowing traffic to continue to flow in both directions as police and rescue workers arrived at the scene to help clean up the mess.

He had already contacted the truck owner at Asia Transport Company Ltd as well as the insurance company when the Gazette spoke with him. Both the vehicle and its load were covered, he said.

— Atchaa Khamlo

Phuket News
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