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A French man lost control of his fully loaded pick up truck in Kata and slammed into a taxi stand injuring himself and four others.
At 11:20 am today (May 20) Karon Police received a report of an accident in front of the Family Mart near the intersection of Khok Tanod Rd and Kata Sai-Yuan Rd in Kata (the start of the road to Rawai.)
Capt Channarong Prakongkua of Karon Police together with Karon and Rawai rescue workers arrived at the scene to find a silver Nissan pick up truck that had collided with a 1.5 metre high cement barrier as well as hitting chairs and umbrellas from a taxi stand. Items in the tray of the pick up truck had been scattered across the scene.
Five people were injured in the accident, two of them were taxi drivers who were unable to escape the path of the pick up truck, one suffered a broken the arm and the other a broken leg. There were taken to Patong Hospital. Two other people suffered minor injuries.
The pick up driver was named by police as French national Mr Bouvy Christain, 64. Mr Christain was stuch in the cabin of the mangles pick up.
Rescue workers took 15 minute to free him with a hydraulic cutter. He sustained minor injures to his knee and arm. He was taken to Karon Police Station.
Capt Channarong said, “Mr Bouvy was moving his items from a house in Rawai to a house in Kamala. He was heading down hill and tried to reduce speed, but the items in the back of the pick up truck were too heavy and he couldn’t stop the vehicle.”
Mr Nopparat Hwansu, 44, a taxi driver who witnessed the accident said, “While I was sitting there with five other people we saw the pick up truck heading on to us. I shouted to everyone to move but some people were not able to escape and were hit by the pick up truck.”
Police have yet to determine whether to press any charges over the accident.