Phanat Nikhom, Chonburi-
Surveillance footage appears to show a modified pick-up truck driving at full speed before crashing into a power pole and falling into a pit in Phanat Nikhom yesterday afternoon.
Yesterday, March 29th, Lt. Col. Samart Boonrit, an Inspector from the Phanat Nikhom Police Station, was notified of a car accident at Sai Phanat Nikhom – Nong Samet Road near the Wat Nong Sai temple in the Mon Nang sub-district, Phanat Nikhom District, Chonburi around mid-afternoon. The pickup truck was reported as crashing into a power pole and street barriers before falling into a pit prematurely dug for plumbing pipes.
Upon the police’s arrival, the injured driver, whose name was later revealed as Kamphon Thammachat, 43, was hospitalized at a nearby hospital with many scratches. His car was found in a 3-meter deep pit, half-submerged into the water, and was completely destroyed. This accident caused panic among a long row of street vendors who were only 10 meters away from the pit. One of the vendors believed that it was the power of her Buddhist amulet that saved her life or else her shop and others would have been hit by the pickup truck driver.
According to another eyewitness who happened to be draining water out of the pit, Kiattipoom Nakkila, 60, he said that the pickup had crashed into the power pole, broke it down, and fell head-first into the pit.
Initially, the officers recorded images of the broken power pole and street barriers as these were public property. An interrogation (with Kamphon) will be carried out soon to find out the cause of this accident once he recovers from his wounds.
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