Empty bus rolls into light pole

Friday, 23 November 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 47 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

A tour bus left in neutral demolished a city light pole after the bus driver parked to go shopping.

Police were called to North Road in front of the Peace Resort in Naklua around 3 a.m. Nov. 13 where the Plachiva Transport Co. vehicle had knocked over one of Pattaya’s new dolphin-adorned streetlamps. No one was injured.

Driver Sompop Phupoonzup, 37, said he’d left the bus in neutral, but pulled the handbrake, before going shopping for snacks. He returned to see it had rolled down the hill, smashing into the pole.

Police redirect traffic whilst waiting for a crew to arrive to remove the downed pole. Police redirect traffic whilst waiting for a crew to arrive to remove the downed pole.

He told police he believed the bus’s brake system was defective. Police took him into custody, however, as repairing the light pole will cost more than 100,00 baht.

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