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Thai man dies after motorbike hits tree in Phuket



A Thai man has died after over shooting a curb and hitting a tree in Phuket Town last night. 36 year old Narongchai Samat, from Phang Nga, became the 23rd person to die on Phuket roads this year. Phuket City Police were called around 10:15pm last night, to the scene of the accident, which was near the Phuket office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation on Damrong Road.

Kusoldharm rescue workers and an ambulance from Vachira Phuket Hospital joined police at the scene. They found the body of Narongchai lying on the ground about 30 metres away from the road. Nearby was his blue Honda Dream. Medical examiners say he suffered from fatal head trauma, and wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Police say witnesses told them he was riding at speed along the road, which was slippery from rain. They say he overshot the curve, hitting a large tree. They say his body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for further examinations and it was released to his family so they could hold a funeral for him.

Meanwhile, officials set a target of 0 fatalities this week on Phuket’s roads for the upcoming 7 days of Danger road-safety campaign that will run over this Songkran holiday, or Thai New Year. The campaign will be enforced from April 10-16. Since January, 3,912 people have been killed and 255,656 have been injured on Thailand’s roads, according to the Thai Road Safety Committee website.

In Phuket alone, 23 people have died and 3,380 have been injured in road accidents since the start of the new year. During Songkran, the roads become dangerously wet as water-splashing and water-fights consume the country as they ring in the Thai New Year, but this year water-splashing is banned due to Covid-19 restrictions that aim to prevent the possible spread of the virus.

SOURCE: The Phuket News


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  1. Mark

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Did he have a mask on makes all the difference Thai road deaths always high what are the numbers for this year even without tourist like to know

  2. Issan John

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    … and this is headline news because …? ?

  3. toby andrews

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Have they checked? He might have died of covid while taking the bend . . .

  4. Yan

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    67 /day…no news

  5. Ian Riley

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 7:53 am

    @Isaan John
    It’s news because a man died. Perhaps it would be better if all ignore your passing.

  6. Mister Stretch

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 8:43 am

    A man has died…last night?

    How many times can he die? One? Then he died, not “has died”.

  7. Jason

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    IJ, it was what they call in the press “a slow news day” 🙂 Perhaps we can all learn from countries where the road toll is significantly less. Speed, alcohol, lack of sleep, mobile phone use and lack of protective wear all contributing factors. It’s tragic for his family and friends who now have to face a funeral for a life cut short. I have to say though, that Thailand is an occupation health and safety nightmare!!! My country has swung the pendulum the other way by trying to wrap everyone up in cotton wool! Somewhere in the middle is a balance.

  8. Issan John

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    “It’s news because a man died.”


    No other reason?

    So every death is headline news?

    Wow, I’d never noticed before …..

    GAFM ?

  9. Jason

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    “Thailand adopts national strategy of real motorbike helmets. It is now Law for only two people to ride on a motorbike at one time” ….Is that more to your liking? In other news… “Thai Electricity Authority begins project to get rid of dangerous low wires throughout the Kingdom”

  10. Issan John

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    “.Is that more to your liking?”

    If only it was that simple, Jason. ?

    I recall when the government, maybe a couple of years ago, told the police to enforce the law banning anyone from riding in the back of pick-ups unless they had seat belts to try to cut down the Songkran death toll.

    That lasted about a day until they realised that most schools up-country rely on converted pick-ups to get the kids to school every day, that most of Thailand relies on song-taews as local transport and that the whole country relies on the ‘rescue’ volunteers using them to get people to hospital in a hurry.

    The same thing applies to “real” motorbike helmets and “only two on a motorbike”.

    Unless there’s an alternative then there’s not much point in banning something that people have to do in order to earn a living / get their kids to school / etc.

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