Phatthalung police hunt highway rock-throwing gang

The police in Phatthalung province are hunting for a gang of youths suspected of hurling rocks at six vehicles on Asian Highway on Friday night (March 2).

Drivers of six vehicles, which included cars and large cargo trucks, lodged complaints to the police that their vehicles were hurled at with rocks and stones while they were running on the Asian Highway in Phatthalung’s Khao Chaison district.

The affected vehicles had their windshields of bonnets damaged by the hard objects, but no one was injured.

Boonsong Noonui, a truck driver fallen victim to the rock throwing gang, told police that he was driving from Hat Yai to Surat Thani.

As he slowed down the vehicle near Khao Chaison intersection which is on the curve stretch of the highway and was dark, a rock was hurled at his truck from the side of the highway.

The rock smashed open the front windshield but fortunately did not hit him, he said.

Police said they immediately patrolled the highway and spotted a group of three youths near the scene. One of them was a girl but all have managed to escape.

Police said that five other vehicles were also damaged on the same night.

The police added they were hunting for the gang which might carry out the crimes out of impetuousness.