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Taxi catches fire outside Cassia Laguna Hotel – No injuries

Kritsada Mueanhawong



Officials at the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) stationed in Cherng Talay were notified of an incident in front of Cassia Hotel in Laguna, Cherng Talay at 9:05pm last night (May 11).

Fire fighters with two water trucks arrived at the scene along with the Cherng Talay Police.

At the scene they found a burnt white Toyota taxi on the road. The taxi driver, 28 year old Watcharachai Paka, and three members of a Chinese tourist family were waiting 50 metres from the taxi.

It’s took 20 minutes for firefighters to control the fire. The engine compartment and front end were badly damaged. A gas bottle was found installed in the back of the taxi. No injuries were reported.

Mr Watcharachai told police that he was driving from the Phuket International Airport to Angsana Hotel with the three Chinese tourists.

When they were approaching the hotel he smelled something burning. After that they could see fire coming from the engine area at the front of the car. He stopped the car and asked the Chinese tourists to get out of the car with their luggage.

A security man nearby saw the incident, tried to help and put out the fire, but failed. Fire fighters were called immediately and were on the scene within minutes.

At this stage police believed that there was a problem in the plumbing between the gas bottle and the engine that might have started the fire.

Forensic police are now checking the car to find the cause.

The Chinese tourists eventually arrived at Angsana after their unscheduled ‘light show’ on the trip from the airport.

PHOTOS: Cherng Talay Police

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Motorbike driver killed in Thepkasattri road

Kritsada Mueanhawong



A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a pickup truck last night (August 20).

The incident happened near the new Honda Marine showrooms and offices on Thepkrasattri road, southbound, at about 11.45pm last night.

Rescue workers and police arrived at the scene to find a damaged motorbike on the road. Nearby they found the body of a motorbike driver who was later identified as 20 year old Nakarin Noognern from Phang Nga.

Nearby was a pickup truck. The 24 year old driver, Satawat Raksamerwong from Udon Thani, was waiting for police.

Police say that Nakarin was driving his motorbike at high speed heading from Thalang towards Phuket Town. Satawat was driving the pickup and allegedly cut across the path of the motorbike.

Khun Nakarin wasn’t wearing a helmet and no alcohol or drugs were not detected on Satawat following a drug test. Police are yet to press charges at this stage.

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Muay Thai for five year olds – Sport or child abuse?

Kritsada Mueanhawong



Video of two five year olds fighting in a boxing ring has sparked a lot of reaction. The young kids in the 17 kilo division (yes, there’s such a thing) are shown punching each other’s heads, with the occasional kick, as a crowd of baying adults urge them on.

Sanook reports that as one boy is repeatedly forced into a corner the referee makes no attempt to seriously intervene. He merely lets the boys continue flailing at each other in the center of the ring.

Neither child is wearing any head protection.

The video – posted by “Yuthaphoom Khunseuk Tragoonyang” – goes on for a full two minutes. You can watch the video HERE.

Sanook say opinion fell into two camps – one group were praising this as an expression of Thai culture though the national sport of Muay Thai, the other condemning it as nothing more than child abuse for the pleasure of adults that violated the rights of children.

Sanook said that doctors at Mahidol University have stated that 100,000 children under the age of 15 are competing in Muay Thai prize fights in Thailand. They point out that children of this age should not be fighting due to potential damage to the brain.

The Thaiger story about the Mahidol University report HERE.

Sanook said that moves are currently being made to seek a change in the law that allows such “sport”.

SOURCE: Sanook

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