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Trang mayor missing after his car plunges into canal

Trang mayor missing after his car plunges into canal

TRANG: The mayor of Trang municipality is missing after his car plunged into a roadside canal last night (Dec 25). His driver drowned.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 26 December 2019, 04:08PM


The Mitsubishi Pajero of Trang mayor Apichit Winothai is towed from Pakpron canal last night (Dec 25) after it plunged into the waterway. Photo by Methee Muangkaew.

The Mitsubishi Pajero of Trang mayor Apichit Winothai is towed from Pakpron canal last night (Dec 25) after it plunged into the waterway. Photo by Methee Muangkaew.

Divers and local fishermen resumed the search of Pakpron canal today for Apichit Winothai, mayor of Nakhon Trang Municipality, after the strong current and cold water forced them to stop last night.

The mayor's Mitsubishi Pajero ran off the road into the canal about 7.15pm on Wednesday near Ban Pak Pron pier in Hat Samran district after he and his driver left Thetsaban 1 Sangkhawit School, where he opened a scout camp.

When the SUV was pulled from the water three hours later, the chauffer, Sutthimeth Panysitthikorn, 22, was found dead behind the wheel.

The front windshield was missing, giving hope the mayor might have escaped from the car and was still alive.

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District chief Narong Nuniem said the strong tide and conditions were posing problems for the searchers. "I hoped after seeing the windshield was broken that he may have swum to the canal bank," he said.

The pier is close to the mouth of the canal, which empties into the Andaman Sea.

Witness Khamnueng Chanfak said the car was travelling fast. He saw it go into the canal and immediately shouted for people to help.

The vehicle was towed to Hat Samran police station, where it would be examined to see what might have caused the accident.

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Rorri_2 | 29 December 2019 - 08:25:42

Jor12 "Your horrible comments are not in keeping with a tragedy that has taken the lives of people whose relatives and friends are in mourning.  Show a little respect," just what are you on about, trying to make something, out of nothing.

If anything, you highlight things even more, by making your rediculous comment, OH, but wait, the real reason you comment is simply to attack Mr K.

Kurt | 28 December 2019 - 21:03:38

@Joe12, not so hasty with cry drama, sir. Read my comment on.."Body of Trang Mayor found after car plunge".   And, people who drive should thing themselves about their family/spouse. The impact due to high speed ( seen by witness) was so strong that the windshield simply explode out of frame. Guess both persons instantly died or were at least unconscious and drown. Mayor not wearing seat...

DeKaaskopp | 28 December 2019 - 19:38:17

@GT.  Wrong ! He should walk.

Jor12 | 28 December 2019 - 15:26:20

Your horrible comments are not in keeping with a tragedy that has taken the lives of people whose relatives and friends are in mourning.  Show a little respect.

GerryT81 | 27 December 2019 - 21:40:09

A very clever advise again K..But I hope you know what it means for you personally.Don't drive faster as 20 km/h max..

Kurt | 27 December 2019 - 14:49:44

Cold water? Must be a joke.
Seen driving fast? Never drive faster than you can think. That means for in Thailand,... drive much slower.  Daily we see unneeded road drama's, just because people driving faster than being able to think.  Can this Mayor swim?

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