Two foreign tourists in Phuket have been injured after the minivan they were travelling in was struck by a hit-and-run truck driver. The incident happened on Patong Hill yesterday morning, November 9. With the return of tourism to Phuket, the fleets of silver and white minivans are also returning in huge numbers.
CCTV footage from near the scene of the accident shows a white pickup truck trying to overtake the minivan on a curve in the road. The truck then crashes into the minivan, then collides with a black minivan coming from the opposite direction. The force of the impact caused the white minivan to overturn, while the pickup truck continued without stopping.
Patong Police were notified of the incident and arrived at the scene to find an overturned minivan on the Patong to Kathu Road, near the Tiger Shrine. Several foreign passengers had climbed out of the minivan and two had sustained minor injuries.
Meanwhile, a damaged black minivan was nearby but no passengers were injured.
Police later apprehended the pickup driver, understood to be a Brazilian national, who was allegedly intoxicated behind the wheel. He has been taken to Kathu Police Station for legal processing.
SOURCE: The Phuket Express