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First day of traffic lights sees slew of accidents

PHUKET: Police have issued a public warning for motorists to exercise caution at the “Kuan Dindaeng Intersection” on Thepkrasattri Rd in Rassada, north of Phuket Town, after a slew of accidents caught unwary road users off-guard today (Feb 21) during the first day that traffic lights were in use at the junction.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 21 February 2018, 07:16PM


The new traffic lights were switched on today, causing a slew of minor accidents. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The new traffic lights were switched on today, causing a slew of minor accidents. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Lt Col Chaleaw Taihu of the Phuket City Police was notified of an accident in the northbound lanes at the intersection (see map below) at 3pm.

Col Chaleaw together with Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived at the scene to find a Toyota Fortuner in the middle of the road. In front of the SUV was a Honda Click motorbike that had been rammed from behind. Lying beside it on the ground was another motorbike, a Honda Wave.

Police were told that a woman, Wareerat Na Kaew, 29, had been injured in the accident and had already been transferred to Mission Hospital.

Wareerat Wannamok, 30, a friend of Ms Wareerat, told police that she and Ms Wareerat were on the Honda Click motorbike heading from Phuket Town to Koh Kaew.

“We stopped at the traffic lights and the Honda Wave was beside us,’ she said.

The women noticed a Toyota Fortuner approaching them from behind at speed.

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“The car hit us and our motorbike hit the Honda Wave, whose driver was Supansa Songwisit. We fell off the motorbike,” Ms Wareerat said.

The driver of the Fortuner, Melisa Maria Ueckermann, 44, told police, “I drive past this intersection every day. I did not realise that the traffic lights were in use, so I did not slow down.”

Local residents told The Phuket News that the traffic lights had been fitted at the intersection for weeks, but previously the lights blinked yellow. They were only switched on today.

However, the residents present at the scene today said no public announcement had been made to inform local people that the lights were no active.

“People who drive past here each day during their daily routines will not know that the lights have been switched on,” said one local resident.

 

 

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crispy | 22 February 2018 - 13:21:17

I read the report and just shake my head what was the driver of the 4x4 thinking 

malczx7r | 22 February 2018 - 13:01:30

regardless of whether the lights were on or not on, doesn't two motorbikes stopped in the road tell you something?  LOS Land of superdumb!

BenPendejo | 21 February 2018 - 22:28:41

Unbelievable stupidity. Heelllooo you morons!...those lights that change from green to yellow to red are the warnings that the light has been turned on!  And gotta love that bimbo's comment...“I drive past this intersection every day. I did not realise that the traffic lights were in use, so I did not slow down.”  No, she just barreled through like always, like most fools do on a daily bas...

Discover Thainess | 21 February 2018 - 20:28:27

All road users should drive in a manner where they expect the unexpected, particularly in phuket. There could easily have been a child running into the road instead of traffic lights. In the UK the fortuna driver would likely be charged with driving without due care and attention.  Traffic lights probably turned back off in a week anyway like all the others.

Kurt | 21 February 2018 - 20:24:34

Crazy, all these 'local' nonsense excuses
When traffic lights at a junction flash yellow, you proceed with caution, not with high speed!
When traffic lights at a junction show red for your direction, than you stop
The excuse: " I did not realize" is super dumb
People that stopped as signalled by red light could have lost their life because of 'not realizing' by a dumb...

simon01 | 21 February 2018 - 19:42:30

Thats insane driving. The 4x4 should be in jail for this. It does not matter if the lights are in use or not. If 2 motorbikes have stopped you do not keep going at speed just because you think some traffic lights are not working.

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