PHUKET: Vorasit ‘Pla Wan’ Issara, owner of the upscale Sri Panwa resort on Phuket’s east coast, was involved in another serious car incident, this time losing control of his $30 million Bentley, which overturned three times before going up in flames, while returning from Khao Lak to Phang Nga.
Mr Vorasit was with three friends when the car caught fire around 7pm this evening (March 24), rescuers from the Thai Mueang Sub-district Administrative Organization (OrBorTor) reported.
The group was traveling on Petchkasem Rd in Ban Khanim, Moo 7, Thung Maphrao Sub-District, Thai Mueang District, Phang Nga Province, when Mr Voasait lost control of the vehicle.
The car flipped several times before coming to a stop in the middle of the road.
Mr Vorasit and his three friends were all safe and sound, having gotten out of the car before flames engulfed the luxury vehicle, rescuers confirmed.
Police have yet to confirm the cause of the fire.
Mr Vorasit was injured when the Subaru sports car he was driving hit a power pole on Sakdidet Rd in Wichit on March 14 last year.
Police handling of the crash investigation has sparked anger online, with police unwilling to even confirm whether Mr Vorasit had been tested for alcohol.
Police later confirmed Mr Vorasit had been tested for alcohol, but gave no further details.
Mr Vorasit was placed in intensive care at Vachira Phuket Hospital as he was initially reported to be in a coma, but was discharged from hospital shortly thereafter.
Moreover, in discussing Mr. Vorasait’s accident, the police acknowledged that the section of road and the curve where he had his accident had long been dangerous and the scene of many accidents.
However, no action was taken to make the curve safer before Mr Vorasit’s accident, with authorities spending 30 million baht on the road. improvements on what has become known among local residents as ‘Pla Wan Corner’.