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Motorist killed, wife injured as power pole topples onto pickup in storm

Apr 17. 2018
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By The Nation

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A driver was killed and his wife severely injured when a power pole fell onto their pickup on a Chachoengsao road on Monday night, police said.

Pol Captain Jirawat Nampha, deputy inspector of Phanom Sarakham police station, said on Tuesday that the accident occurred at 8pm on the Phanom Sarakham-Sanam Chaiket road in Moo 3 village, Tambon Koh Khanoon in Phanom Sarakham district.

The deceased was identified as Komol Saowangkha, 49, from Prachin Buri. 

His wife, Sunan Saonawang, 46, was rushed to Phanom Mahasarakham Hospital for emergency treatment.

Police learned from Sunan that the couple had been returning to Prachin Buri from Tha Takiap district in Chachoengsao, but when they arrived at the area, a storm caused a power pole to topple over, resulting in a chain reaction and causing several other poles to fall.

Her husband had accelerated in an effort to dodge the falling poles but the truck’s roof was hit by the last of them to fall, police said.

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