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Truck driver charged after Phuket woman crushed in rush hour

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PHUKET: The driver of a six-wheeled truck with a dual-axle trailer in tow has been charged with reckless driving causing death after his trailer clipped a 58-year-old woman riding a motorbike to work this morning.

The woman, Prapha Charoensiri, fell on to the road and died instantly after she was crushed under the wheels of the juggernaut.

Maj Kittiphum Tinthalang of Phuket City Police said he received a report of the accident at about 9am.

Police officers rushed to the scene with Phuket Ruamjai Rescue Foundation workers.

They arrived at the narrow stretch of Chao Fa West Road between the Naka Temple junction and the unnamed road the leads to Suan Luang Park to find a white Isuzu truck and trailer parked by the side of the road and a red Honda Wave motorcycle lying nearby.

Ms Prapha’s body was still lodged under the wheels of the trailer.

“The truck driver was heading to Phuket City and didn’t notice Ms Prapha, who was driving to work in the motorcycle lane,” Maj Kittiphum explained.

The truck driver, 40-year-old Amnart Jamjuntra, did not flee the scene.

He has been charged with reckless driving causing death.

Police are preparing their case to press charges and present it to Phuket Provincial Court.

— Orawin Narabal

 

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