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Taxi blames oil spill for wipeout

PHUKET: A taxi driver lost control of his taxi and crashed after slipping on an oil spill on Srisoonthorn Rd early this morning (Feb 18).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 18 February 2019, 03:53PM

Thalang Police were notified of the accident at around 4am this morning in which 40-year-old taxi driver Theerayut Hempitak managed to escape uninjured when he drove through an oil spillage, lost control and crashed into an electrical pole in the central reservation and skidded into the oncoming lane.

Kusoladarm Foundation rescue workers arrived to find Theerayut waiting at the scene with his car – a black Toyota Altis with green licence plates. The front side of the car was badly damaged, both front-side airbags were deployed and the two front tyres had exploded. Police diverted traffic to prevent further accidents while they moved the car to Thalang Police Station.

When police inspected the area, they found that the oil was spilt over 100 metres of road. Srisoonthorn Sub-District Municipality workers covered the oil with slaked lime to prevent further accidents.


Theerayut explained to police that he was driving on Srisoonthorn Rd from Cherng Talay towards Heroine’s Monument. He came to a bend in the road where the oil was spilt and lost control of the steering.

Police charged him with reckless driving causing damage to public property.



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Jor12 | 19 February 2019 - 11:28:11

Unless one wants to live in a Police state, where everything and everyone is under surveillance, then no, the authorities cannot find the oil spill culprit. That much is common sense.  That is why the offence of recklessness is there. The onus is on you, to drive or do whatever, with care and attention. It\'s your responsibility, not the States. If you can\'t do that, then too bad. 

Kurt | 18 February 2019 - 16:10:04

This is funny, how can RTP charge a driver for this happening due to a oils spill on the road ( during dark hours)? The taxi driver can charge/claim the government department who is responsible for safe road condition. That department can 'find' the oil spill culprit. That is the correct way. Guess that RTP officer was  'sleep walking'.

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