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Motorcyclist, gazing at phone, plummets from Bangkok bridge

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A man is dead after plummeting 10 metres from Bangkok’s Rama 3 bridge yesterday. Police and rescue workers were called to an area below the bridge and found the body of a 43 year old motorcyclist, identified only as “Kiatpong.” Still on the bridge was his Honda Zoomer-X scooter, and there was evidence of scratches along the bridge wall. He appeared to have been a deliveryman as there was a large delivery box on the back of the motorbike.

Witnesses who saw him fall say he was killed instantly. Motorcycles are not allowed on the Rama 3 bridge.

Police looked at security footage and saw the rider driving with one hand and the other holding his phone. INN reports that he was “gazing at his phone” just before the incident occurred.

Police are gathering evidence and questioning witnesses to determine whether anyone else was involved in the incident. An autopsy is underway at Chulalonkorn Hospital.

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SOURCES: thaivisa | INN

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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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    Brian

    July 12, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    This is part of the reason there are so many deaths. Everyday I see someone on a motorcycle looking at their phone texting or talking. The delivery drivers are especially bad for this. They just don’t get it!!!

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