A boat driver has tested positive with methamphetamine after 35 people including foreign tourists were injured after a tour boat crashed into a pillar in Chalong, Phuket.
Our previous stories:
Emergency responders were notified of the accident on Wednesday (May 17th) near Chalong Pier with many injuries. More than a dozen ambulances from the nearby area arrived at the Chalong Pier.
In total, 35 people have been injured which included Russians, Ukrainian, Kazakhstani, Hong Kong nationals, Chinese, and Thais after a tour boat crashed into a pillar in Chalong, Phuket.
A boat captain has been charged with reckless behavior causing injuries.
Now for the update:
The Phuket Provincial Police Commander Major General Sermphan Sirikong told the Phuket Express on Monday (May 22nd) that the tour boat driver in question is named Mr. Sathit Mardchai, 29. He conducted a standard blood test for alcohol and drugs at the request of authorities following the accident.
No alcohol was found in his blood tests but methamphetamine was found.
Police are continuing their investigation to place more charges on him as victims continue to recover in local hospitals and are given visa extensions by Phuket Immigration.
The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Phuket Express, owned by our parent company TPN media.
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