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Austrian man dies in head-on collision in Phuket

Jack Burton



PHOTO: The Pattaya News

A 77 year old Austrian man died on the way to hospital after his motorcycle collided head-on with a passenger van in Phuket’s Kata district last night. Officers from Karon Police Station and rescue workers learned about the incident around 7:30pm. A passenger van was found with major damage to its front, and a wrecked motorbike was 4 metres away along with two injured people lying on the road.

The Austrian rider and his passenger, 29 year old Kannika Surat, were found unconscious and seriously injured. Rescuers rushed them to a nearby hospital but the man was pronounced dead on arrival. His name is being withheld pending notification of family and the Austrian embassy.

Police say that initial investigation shows the man was riding the motorbike from Karon toward Kata with Kannika riding pillion. As the motorbike rounded a curve, it strayed into the oncoming lane and struck the van head-on.

The van’s driver, 56 year old Phuket native Wirat Buapri, who was uninjured and waiting at the scene, said he was unable to avoid the collision.

Police said they would perform alcohol tests on the body of the Austrian motorcyclist as well as the van driver.

“We had to check to see if the two drivers were involved with drinking alcohol before driving and what eventually caused the fatal incident. We will wait for results before proceeding with any potential legal action.”

Austrian man dies in head-on collision in Phuket | News by Thaiger

PHOTO: The Phuket News

SOURCES: The Pattaya News | The Phuket News


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    Perceville Smithers

    Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 12:14 am

    visitors always want to hop on a motorbike then a good number end up with a visit to the hospital. a hospital bill and injuries are more expensive than tuk tuk and motorbike taxi rides.

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    Anh Lam

    Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 9:04 am

    I wonder why a 77 year old man, was able to get a motorcycle drivers license, never mind a real thai car drivers license and us falangs all know, you cannot drive a motorcycle with a car drivers license. Poor guy anyways…

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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