Truck driver carrying construction equipment knocks down 11 power poles, damages houses in Chonburi, driver blames the wire height

PHOTO: Wisarn Sangjaroen / Top News

Chonburi –

A 68-year-old truck driver who was carrying construction equipment knocked down 11 power poles in Mueang Chonburi, which also collapsed into nearby homes.

The Samet Police were notified of the incident earlier this week in the Huay Kapi sub-district in the early afternoon. They arrived at the location of the accident to find a chaotic scene in which a total of eleven power poles had been knocked down due to construction equipment being carried on the trailer truck catching wires above the road and causing a chain reaction. Two homes were damaged when power poles fell onto their roofs.

Electricity was shut off for many hours while staffers repaired power poles and wires. No injuries were reported.

The truck driver, Mr. Chala Jaroenphon, 68, told TPN media, “I usually drive on this road almost every day as my employer is nearby. I’ve carried similar equipment many times and never had a problem. The wires must have been lower today or there was a problem due to their height. There were no signs or warnings about this. It wasn’t my fault.

Police are continuing their investigation for further potential legal action and did not comment on Mr. Chala blaming the wire height for the accident.

PHOTO: Wisarn Sangjaroen / Top News


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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for four year. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.