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Three charges for driver of truck that dropped load on Phuket road

PHUKET: The driver of a 22-wheeler truck which dropped its load on Route 4233, which runs between Kamala and Patong, this morning is to face three charge; reckless driving, using an unstable vehicle and dropping something on the road which may cause damage to others.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 13 January 2018, 04:16PM


The load, 11 pieces of steel shuttering weighing almost 30 tons, was being transported from Bangkok to patong when the incident occurred causing large disruption to traffic in the area.

Col Prasert Thongprom of the Kamala Police was informed of the incident on Route 4233 at 9:30am today (Jan 13).

“Patong Traffic Police immediately went to the incident area to find 11 large pieces of steel shuttering scattered along the road,” he said.

“Traffic police managed the traffic as best as possible. It took workers nearly four hours to remove the items, get them loaded onto a truck and taken away from the area,” he added.

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“The driver of the truck, 33-year-old Wiwat Wanyu, from Bangkok, told police that he was transporting the 11 pieces of shuttering from Bangkok to a construction site opposite Jungceylon in Patong and that each piece of shuttering weighed 2.5 tons.

“It was a very heavy load and I was having difficulty ascending the hill. Suddenly the restraints broke, causing the load to fall,” Wiwat said.

“We have charged the driver reckless driving, using an unstable vehicle and dropping something on the road which may cause damage to others,” Col Prasert added.

 

 

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Jor12 | 15 January 2018 - 11:37:22

Well it's pretty obvious to most people, the Police or anyone else would have observed with what the load has been secured, either by straps, rope or spaghetti.

CaptainJack | 14 January 2018 - 22:21:18

Well I doubt the driver was speaking English while giving his statement to police, so the word "rope" is a translation. 'Chain ', 'rope ', 'strap', 'string', 'belt', 'lace', etc. etc. are all classified together in Thai and can easily be interchanged.

That said I wouldn't be surprised to see a load tied down with spaghetti around her...

Kurt | 14 January 2018 - 18:19:55

Is a 22 wheeler allowed to have a cargo load of almost 30 tons, cq 30,000 kg?Allowed to drive that here and there steep road between Kamala and Patong without police escort?
Are there no rules for securing such heavy cargo Pieces ?

Jor12 | 14 January 2018 - 15:31:42

Clearly the word "rope" is used by the Police spokesman as a euphemism as anyone in trucking industry would know, that ropes are extremely ineffective for restraining loads...particularly of this weight.

malczx7r | 14 January 2018 - 12:19:34

I'm surprised he even tied them down, the mentality here is hard to comprehend.

crispy | 13 January 2018 - 18:53:13

Tell me i am reading this wrong he used rope to secure a load like that travelling on a public roadway, chain and dogs not rope or ratchet straps irresponsible to say the least dangerous as well imagine a vehicle travelling behind him when they let go it is a wonder there were no casualties by shear luck alone.

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