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Taxi and driver split in two in a Phuket horror crash early today

Phuket Highway Horror Crash Splits Car and Taxi Driver In Two

Sunday, September 30, 2012
PHUKET: A horrific high-speed crash on Phuket's main highway split a car in two and severed the driver's right foot at the ankle early today.

The Toyota saloon must have been travelling at very high speed, police said today. The driver had just joined an illegal taxi group, one officer said.

His vehicle appeared to have lost control when overtaking another car and skewed into a power pole, splitting in two, with one half of the car coming to a stop five metres away from the other.

The driver, Suthep Kongchana, 57, lost his right foot at the ankle in the smash about 2.30am as he headed south in Thepkasattri Road towards Phuket City.

The crash woke up residents in the area around the Baan Lipon U-turn, north of the Heroines Monument.

Two passengers in the vehicle, Suchart Jongrak, 46, and Sakul Kongchana, 51, were taken to Thalang Hospital for treatment.

Kusoldharm Foundation workers found the missing foot after a search. Khun Sutep was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket City.

Doctors at Vachira Phuket decided his right leg had been so badly damaged in the crash that they amputated it below the knee.

The silver vehicle carried the driver's name on both sides, as recently agreed by the Land Transport Office in talks with Phuket drivers. But it did not carry official ''taxi'' green plates.

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Sad for the passengers that they used an illegal taxi, most probably no insurance will cover their expenses. Saw lately some cars with the new stickers, most of them with white plates, though... Looks like that not much has changed but the fares. And those to the worse.

Posted by Resident on September 30, 2012 17:52

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Another dangerous driver out of order and it doesn't make me cry.

Posted by Richard on September 30, 2012 17:56

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"Phuket Highway Horror Crash Splits Car and Taxi Driver In Two"

"The driver, Suthep Kongchana, 57, lost his right foot at the ankle "

Well done. Another exaggeration. Another few hundred clicks for your site.

Posted by Eric on September 30, 2012 18:57

Editor Comment:

It's not an exaggeration, Eric. We didn't say the driver was split in half, only that he was split in two. Perhaps you need English lessons?

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Hopefully that has taken another lunatic taxi driver off the road.
Sorry for the customers.
This new taxi registration is utter rubbish.There are new taxi stands setting up all over the place with copy signs on the side of the vehicles.

Posted by rich on September 30, 2012 19:47

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"Phuket Highway Horror Crash Splits Car and Taxi Driver In Two"

"The driver, Suthep Kongchana, 57, lost his right foot at the ankle "

Well done. Another exaggeration. Another few hundred clicks for your site.

Posted by Eric on September 30, 2012 18:57

Editor Comment:

It's not an exaggeration, Eric. We didn't say the driver was split in half, only that he was split in two. Perhaps you need English lessons?

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Why are you so rude to your readers? It costs you nothing to be polite.

By the way, split in two is a synonym for split in half. Look it up. Maybe you are the one who needs English lessons, as well as some manners.

Posted by lek on September 30, 2012 20:17

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Rubbish, Lek. If you and Eric the ungrateful don't approve of what you read on this site, you have a simple alternative: split.

Your attempt to turn one man's pain into fun with the line: ''well, at least the driver could not run away'' sets a new low. So much for manners. Goodbye.

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Things you learn quickly when you start driving in Phuket: If you see an airport limousine or a green range rover from a certain "safari" operator in your rearview mirror, watch out!

Posted by christian on September 30, 2012 20:42

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No surprise. Most drive like homocidal maniacs.

"The silver vehicle carried the driver's name on both sides, as recently agreed by the Land Transport Office in talks with Phuket drivers. But it did not carry official ''taxi'' green plates."

One interesting side effect of this new requirement to have the name of the door is that it is now glaringly obvious just how many previously nondescript cars were actually illegal taxis. They far outnumber the legal ones. I would estimate that 90% of the taxis in Rawai are illegal black plate taxis.

"Sad for the passengers that they used an illegal taxi, most probably no insurance will cover their expenses"

Utter nonsense.

Posted by NomadJoe on October 1, 2012 02:14

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So....by your reasoning, if I cut all my fingernails, I have split myself into eleven pieces?

Posted by Sir Burr on October 1, 2012 07:49

Editor Comment:

What we reported was as follows:
''Phuket Highway Horror Crash Splits Car and Taxi Driver In Two
PHOTO ALBUM A taxi driver lost his foot at the ankle as the car he was driving split in two at high speed . . .''

What you do with your fingernails is of interest only to you, Sir Burr. Readers overwhelmed by a desire to split hairs can also do so in the privacy of their bathrooms.

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I have to agree here that the title was a bit misleading, and Ed, please understand that a big part of your readers are not English spoken. And if all of those readers would " split ", would you be happy with that?

Posted by Charles on October 1, 2012 09:43

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Our English is plain and easy to understand, Charles, and only misread by hair-splitters and pedants. Those less competent readers are free to misinterpret what we write as much as they choose. They are also free to move on. We already have.

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Why would anyone feel the need to drive at these speeds? Any car can lose control when you have a moron behind the wheel. One can only hope that Phuket taxi drivers and all transportation service providers have legitimate driver's licenses, and are denied operating transport vehicles after found guilty of such negligence. P.S. Beware of any driver with a prosthetic foot.

Posted by peter rawai on October 2, 2012 07:19

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Ed..by your definition by cutting my toe nail, last night, I actually cut myself in two, very scary thought, I my never cut my nails again, it now sounds quite terminal.

Posted by dbate_me on October 2, 2012 10:58

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He should count himself extremely lucky that he only lost half of one leg. 9 times out of 10 in crashes like that, the person would lose his life.

Posted by Markus on October 7, 2012 20:54


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