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Two dead, 15 hurt in refinery explosion

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SI RACHA (AFP): A huge fire devoured millions of litres of oil today after a string of explosions ripped through a refinery here, killing two people and injuring 15. Sheets of flame soared 100 meters into the air as hundreds of firemen battled to stop the blaze from engulfing the entire structure run by Thai Oil Co, some 70 kilometers southeast of Bangkok. Thick black smoke filled the air as dawn broke over the refinery, only seven kilometers from the nearest large population center, the coastal town of Si Racha. The two dead men were security officers on patrol when the explosion rocked the refinery, a series of interconnected oil tanks, just before midnight, company officials said. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital suffering from serious burns. More than 40 fire crews and soldiers from as far away as Bangkok fought a losing battle in the early hours to stop the fire from spreading. Eight hours later, they had succeeded in checking the blaze, but not before flames had engulfed four oil tanks. Witnesses said fire crews were applying foam to nearby areas to prevent sparks igniting more fires as Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai flew down to inspect the scene. Chulachit Bunyakhet, chief executive of Thai Oil, the country’s largest refiner, said he was confident the fire was under control, although officials said surplus oil may be burning for at least another day. “The situation is now 85% under control,” he said. “There will not be more blasts after this,” he said, adding that initial estimates of damage and the cost of repairs had already reached 500 million baht. “Already 30 million litres of oil has been burned,” he said, stressing that the losses and liabilities would be covered by the company’s insurance. An investigation into what triggered the explosion is underway. “The cause of the blast is not yet established and we want to gain more facts,” said Pol Col Sathit Chareonpob, superintendent of Leam Chabang Police Station.



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UPDATE: Water truck driver presents himself to police after motorcycle death on Kata hill

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A water truck driver has presented himself to Karon Police after yesterday’s road accident on Kata Hill that killed a female motorcycle rider.

She died after skidding on oil spilled on the road, falling off the motorbike and being crushed by a water truck in Kata last night. Two others motorists following being also crashed and sustained injuries.

Read more about yesterday’s incident HERE.

This morning the water truck driver, Apichart Sripan, has himself to Karon Police for questioning over the incident.

Karon Police report that a drug and alcohol test has been conducted returning a zero result. But he has been charged with reckless driving causing injury and death.

In our earlier report, police say witnesses report the truck stopped 100 metres down the road. They say the driver got out of the truck to inspect the wheels. Witnesses tried to take photo of him but he got back into his truck and sped away.

UPDATE: Water truck driver presents himself to police after motorcycle death on Kata hill | News by The Thaiger

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68 Ridley’s sea turtles hatched on Phang Nga beach – VIDEO

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand

68 Ridley’s baby sea turtles have hatched on Tha Sai Beach in Thai Muang, Phang Nga and made their way to the sea last night.

Ridley’s sea turtles, a protected species in Thailand, have returned recently to Phang Nga beaches to breed over the past few months following a 23 year absence.

Read more about the return of the Ridley’s turtles HERE.

Last night 68 baby Ridley’s sea turtles, from 81 eggs survived, hatched and headed straight for the Andaman Sea. Two of them didn’t hatch and 11 eggs weren’t fertilised.

Bon voyage little turtles!

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Motorbike driver dies, another person injured after car driver slams into them

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A female motorbike driver has died while a male car driver has sustained injuries after a second car driver fell asleep at the wheel in Thalang crashing into them.

The incident happened on Srisoonthorn Road in Thalang at 2pm yesterday (Wednesday).

Police and emergency responders arrived to find a damaged motorbike and two damaged cars.

Police report that the car driver, Dechawat Taechanitisawat, fell asleep at the wheel. He lost control of his vehicle before colliding with the motorbike whose driver was 34 year old Ms Tanakorn Chadaphon and another car driven by 39 year old Pradit Ruecha.

They were both rushed to Thalang Hospital where Ms Tanakorn was later pronounced dead.

Police are continuing their investigation and will charge Dechawat Taechanitisawat.

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