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Holiday weekend road death toll: 59

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Road deaths surged during the holiday weekend. 59 people were killed in road incidents and 365 people were injured, according to the Transport Ministry. From last Thursday to Monday, a total of 405 road incidents were reported across Thailand. 116 of the incidents involved motorcycles and 31 out of the 59 deaths involved motorcycles. Many of the crashes and collisions were related to speeding.

Bangkok and Suphanburi had the highest number of road incidents. Bangkok had 38 car incidents and Suphanburi reported 9 road incidents involving motorcycles.

More than 14 million vehicles drove in and out of a Bangkok. The ministry says it was nearly 39% more than they had expected. Many people traveled by driving private cars. The ministry expected more people to utilise public transportation. While 9.82 million people used public transportation, it was nearly 11% less than what was expected.

Many had last Friday and Monday off work as substitute days for Songkran after April’s water celebrations were cancelled due to lockdown measures. Songkran is also known as the “7 Deadly Days” due to the hundreds of road deaths during the holiday. Just 1 day of Songkran last year racked up 59 deaths and 598 injuries.

SOURCES:Nation Thailand | Bangkok Post

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    Lanny

    September 8, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Stop worrying about a virus that has no danger here and start wearing helmets more than these ridiculous face masks.

    I see people driving in the middle of no where pretty much wearing a mask but never a helmet.

    Use your common sense people.!

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      Florian Kluge

      September 9, 2020 at 1:22 am

      I’ve seen that too and it amazes me every time when someone wears a mask but no helmet while driving with a bike.

      It’s still better than walking into a supermarket with a helmet though. Or wearing neither of the two like in some countries.

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    Andrew

    September 8, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    59 dead and they do nothing. Just normal. Covid killed 58 in 8 months and they are so Paranoid, so Scared of the ‘killer virus’, destroyed the economy and made lives of millions of people very miserable. Amazing Thailand.

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    Jane

    September 8, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Why road is open??? Close the roads, open the borders

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    Jaturong Sutamitr

    September 8, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Looks like your report “Holiday weekend road death toll: 59Caitlin AshworthPublished 5 mins ago on 08-09-2020” is about 4 month delay. Obviously the paragraph “Many had last Friday and Monday off work as substitute days for Songkran after April’s water celebrations were cancelled.

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      Jules

      September 13, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Thai government do nothing to improve the road safety conditions. Make helmets compulsory, not the astic ones buy proper motorcycle helmets would be a start.
      Introduce proper car driving standardised tests with no bribery should you fail.

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    quang

    September 8, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    More than covid…55555

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    Florian Kluge

    September 9, 2020 at 12:19 am

    People are drinking and driving again. Looks like Bangkok is getting used to the new normal.

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    devrim öger

    September 9, 2020 at 3:25 am

    If you opened the borders, this nonsense would not be for domestic tourism. corona wouldn’t kill more people

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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8 Roi-et volunteers killed, 33 injured in bus crash at Nakhon Ratchasima

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7 people have been killed and another 33 injured when a tour bus collided into the back of an 18 wheeler trailer truck in Nakhon Ratchasima early yesterday, on the way to Pattaya. The double decker was travelling on the Nakhon Ratchasima-Kabin Buri road in the Chaimongkhol subdistrict just before 4am Saturday morning when the incident happened. The truck and the bus collided at an intersection. All 8 killed were health volunteers from Roi-et. Police say it appears that the bus was speeding at the time when it smashed into the back of the truck.

When police arrived they found the trailer truck, with Lopburi licence plates, and the double decker bus, which had rolled over onto its side. Emergency responders report that the bus was carrying 40 passengers. Out of those 7 died in the collision and 33 were injured. The injured were rushed to district hospitals.

A preliminary police review of the incident reports that the tour bus was transporting a group of health volunteers from Roi Et (north east) province back home from their trip to Pattaya, Chonburi province (Central Thailand). The driver of the trailer truck driver told police that the bus was speeding and crashed into the rear of his truck.

Police are continuing their investigation, checking CCTV and interviewing witnesses to determine the cause of the incident.

SOURCE: Thai Residents | Nation Thailand

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Bangkok DJ dies in high speed crash on notorious ‘death road’

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A well known local DJ died early this morning in a high speed car crash on a Bangkok road bend nicknamed “Curve of 100 Deaths.” Police say his car’s speedometer was found stuck at 200 kilometres per hour.

Police suspect 33 year old Annop Poonsripattana was going around a curve when he lost control of the car due to the slippery road conditions from the rain. His black Toyato Altis was found smashed into an electricity pole around 2:30am today. The impact caused Annop to be flung to the back seat. Police say his skull was shattered and his neck broken.

A security guard at a nearby building says heard an explosion and the electricity cut out. The entire area went black, he says. The so called “Curve of 100 Deaths” is near Ratchada Criminal Court in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district. The guard says many fatal crashes happen on the road.

“This area is highly prone to road accidents. Just last week a mother and her small child were killed here.”

The Ratchada Road curve so dangerous that locals honk when driving through the curve to show respect and to ask for permission from the spirits of those who have died there for safe passage, according to Coconuts Bangkok. In the past, many people have left offerings like zebra statues in honour of those who died in car incidents while driving on the road.

Annop played music at many entertainment venues in Bangkok. He was also a contestant in the Take Me Out Thailand TV show in 2015. An autopsy is being done at the Police General Hospital. Electricians are working to fix the electricity pole and restore power.

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SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Coconuts Bangkok

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1 dead, 2 injured, as out-of-control construction truck ploughs into family car

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A man has died, and his parents have been injured, after a construction truck lost control and ploughed into their car, crushing the vehicle and killing the 27 year old driver instantly. The Pattaya News reports that the truck also hit 5 other vehicles in the incident, which occurred in the Minburi district of Bangkok.

The truck driver, named as 41 year old Piean Sricharoen, says he was having problems with the truck’s brake booster while travelling from the central province of Saraburi. While attempting to emergency park in the middle lane to check the booster, the truck began to lose its balance, crashing into surrounding vehicles. One witness confirms the account, saying the truck began to sway back and forth before crashing into the victim’s car, crushing the vehicle, and causing a 7 car pile-up.

Emergency workers arrived on the scene and rushed the dead man’s parents to a nearby hospital. The truck driver has been charged with reckless driving causing death and is in police custody.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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