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Motorbike crash kills Phuket man

Photo by The Phuket Express.

A motorbike crash killed a Phuket man in the early hours of this morning, while another two people were left injured. The fatal crash happened at 3am on Sri Soonthorn Road, in the Cherng Talay area of the Thalang district.

Rescuers arrived on the scene to find the body of 51 year old motorbike rider Pomngnara. His female passenger had sustained head injuries, while the other rider, 24 year old Suppawit, had various injuries. Both were taken to a nearby hospital.

According to witnesses, both motorbikes were travelling in the same direction when they lost control and crashed, The Phuket Express reported. The Cherng Talay Police are continuing to investigate to determine the exact cause of the accident.

This tragedy comes after another motorbike crash in Thailand killed a person just last month.

On February 15, an elderly German man died in a motorbike crash in Pattaya. Police and rescuers arrived at the scene on Soi 14 in the Naklua sub-district of Bang Lamung district. They found the man, 81 year old Hans Werner Schreiner, dead in a pool of blood on the road. Schreiner was lying upward, and suffered critical head injuries. He had reportedly crashed his motorbike while navigating a curve.

Schreiner’s red Yamaha Nouvo motorbike rammed and got stuck in a metal wall. Pattaya Police said they reviewed CCTV footage around the area and did not find any other parties involved in the fatal crash. However, none of the footage captured the exact moment when the victim crashed into a wall, the police stated. The road was very narrow and had an S curve, which may have caused the victim to lose control of his vehicle.

Thailand was ranked the second most dangerous country to drive in according to a driver’s educational platform. There were 21,052 accidents in 2020, and 11,138 accidents in 2021. About 20% of accidents involved motorcycles, while 8% involved six-wheel trucks, and 8% involved trucks with at least 10 wheels.

Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.