PHUKET: A man who fell asleep at the wheel while returning home from dropping his girlfriend off at Phuket International Airport early this morning slammed into a power pole and caused a blackout throughout a large residential area in Thalang.

Col Sarit Bootnongsaeng of the Thalang Police and first responders from the Kusoldharm Foundation arrived at the scene on Thepkrasattri Road in Baan Lipon, Srisoonthorn, shortly after 5:30am.

They found a heavily damaged Toyota Fortuner SUV on its side in front of a Family Mart convenience store about 100m from the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) Thalang substation (map