Connect with us


Gas tanker leaks 2.5km trail of fuel through Phuket Town



PHUKET: A six-wheeled gasoline tanker truck leaked a trail of fuel 2.5 kilometers long through Phuket Town yesterday, causing motorbikes to skid and fall, resulting in at least one hospitalization.

Police responded to a report at 11am that a gas tanker had leaked “gasoline” along Yaowarat Road, from the intersection with Mae Luan Road (map here) all the way to the entrance to Bangkok Hospital Phuket (map here).

Phuket City Traffic Police and Disaster Prevention and Mitigation officials followed the trail and found 41-year-old Rattanapon Kittitaraphon on the ground in front of Vachira Phuket Hospital with a leg injury.

“I was riding with my two sons. I was totally unaware of the fuel spill and suddenly my bike slid out from under me,” Ms Rattanapon said.

“I hurt my leg, but luckily neither of my sons was hurt. They went directly to Vachira Hospital and got help for me,” she added.

Before Vachira Hospital staff wheeled her into the hospital for treatment, an angry Ms Rattanapon said, “I want the truck company that caused this to take responsibility. If you spill gas on the road, you have to take care of it. A lot of other motorcyclists crashed too.”

Phuket City Disaster Prevention and Mitigation officials said they believe the fuel spilled from the tanker truck’s own gas tanks, not from the huge tank it was hauling.

“A pump attendant must have forgotten to put the gas cap back on, allowing the fuel to spill onto the road while he was driving,” one official said.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong


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:

Tourism7 mins ago

5-star squatters evicted from Layan Beach

Video27 mins ago

All you need to know about Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival

Protests54 mins ago

Anti-Prayut rallies expected across Bangkok

Sponsored1 day ago

10 Best Seed Banks that Ship Cannabis Seeds Discreetly to You (Free US Shipping)

What you get for $X16 hours ago

What $100,000 buys you for a condo in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui and Hua Hin

Thailand17 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Activists plan protests all across Thailand

Thailand18 hours ago

Snitching on parking space hoggers could earn you 5,000 baht in Thailand

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Weather18 hours ago

Storm Noru weakens from typhoon to depression as it moves across Thailand

World19 hours ago

Suicide bombing in Afghanistan hits students preparing for exam

Politics20 hours ago

BREAKING: Prayut reinstated as Prime Minister of Thailand

Technology20 hours ago

What role for Thailand in China’s great European EV invasion?

Cambodia20 hours ago

Cambodian delegation in UK to seach for stolen treasures

Thailand20 hours ago

20 baht notes printed with errors, says Bank of Thailand

Crime21 hours ago

Loan shark bombs debtor’s house in southern Thailand

Thailand21 hours ago

Thai researchers develop flood-resistant rice strain

Press Room22 hours ago

Southeast Asia’s hospitality leaders step into the ring to fight for sustainability at PHIST 5

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