Swedish driver helped out of burning car

Swedish driver helped out of burning car

The car destroyed by fire after crashing into a signpost in Phuket's Thalang district on Sunday evening. (Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran)
The car destroyed by fire after crashing into a signpost in Phuket's Thalang district on Sunday evening. (Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran)

An injured Swedish driver was helped from his burning car after crashing into a roadside signpost in Phuket on Sunday evening.

Police said the accident occurred about 5.30pm.

Police called to the scene found an MG car on fire. The area was cordoned off before a fire engine arrived. It took 20 minutes to extinguish the flames.

The car driver was identified later as Christoffer Mattias Hans Ottoson, a 47-year-old Swedish national. He was helped from the crashed car by a passer-by and taken to hospital. He had a broken right arm and was bleeding from the nose.

Phan Faikaew, 53, who helped the driver, said the car veered off the road and hit the signpost. He saw flames coming from underneath the car and hurried to help the injured driver escape.

He collected documents and money from the car and gave them to the driver, who was injured but still conscious.

After he helped the man from the car, it went up in flames and was destroyed, he added.

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Vocabulary

  • conscious: aware - ที่ตระหนักได้
  • cordoned off: stopped from entering an area by putting something such as a rope around it - กั้นด้วยเชือกหรือเครื่องกั้น
  • extinguish: to put out a fire - ดับไฟ
  • flame: the brightly burning gas that you see coming from a fire - เปลวไฟ, เปลวเพลิง
  • injured (adj): hurt in an accident, natural disaster, attack, etc. - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ
  • national: a citizen of a particular country - ประชาชน
  • passer-by: one who passes by, one who walks past - คนผ่านไปมา
  • veer (verb): to suddenly move in a different direction - เบน, แฉลบ เสียทิศทาง
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