Aussie tourist airlifted to Bangkok after fall from Phuket tuk-tuk

PHUKET: An Australian tourist on holiday in Phuket has been flown to Bangkok to receive therapy after struggling a serious head harm from falling off the again of a tuk-tuk in Patong final night time.
Tuk-tuk driver Paiboon Hemwara, 30, told the Phuket Gazette that he picked up Mr Noble and his spouse at the top of Soi Bangla at about 9pm.
“We have been heading to their lodge. Both of them obtained into the back, but then her husband climbed out and stood on the again [of the tuk-tuk] and held on to the handles used for getting out and in of the rear cab,” he said.
Off the record , led by Patong Police Capt Jakkapong Luang-aon, arrived on the scene to find Mr Noble unconscious, mendacity in the midst of the highway, bleeding from the face.
The accident occurred in front of OTOP Plaza on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Road, not 800 meters to the south of the place the couple entered the tuk-tuk.
Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers rushed Mr Noble to Patong Hospital, however he was later transferred to Bangkok Hospital Phuket in Phuket Town.
Patong Police Deputy Superintendent Kittipong Klaikaew advised the Gazette, “We have questioned the wife and the tuk-tuk driver; we’re treating the incident as an accident.
“His journey insurance company was notified and Mr Noble was flown to Bangkok right now to receive hospital treatment there,” he stated.
Col Kittipong said that Mr Noble had yet to regain consciousness when he left Bangkok Hospital Phuket today.
The accident follows latest complaints from tuk-tuk drivers that to be legal underneath Ministry of Transport laws, all tuk-tuks must have access to the rear cab from the aspect of the car – not the rear of the vehicle.
A consultant of 1 tuk-tuk co-operative complained that it was too costly to change tuk-tuks that have been in operation before the regulation was introduced, citing costs as excessive as a hundred,000 baht to change a tuk-tuk to make it legal.
UPDATE: The Phuket Gazette contacted Lt Col Kittipong to inquire concerning the details as stated on the police report of this case. He informed the Gazette that Mr Nobel’s spouse, the one witness, acknowledged that her husband was contained in the cab, not standing at the again. She stated he leaned throughout the back of the cab to see if the air on the other facet of the compartment could be more comfy, then by accident fell out of the automobile. The driver Mr Paiboon informed police he did not witness the accident, but initially presumed he will have to have been hanging from the back to have fallen from the car. [Date of update: August 9, 2012]

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