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Thai road death toll tops 12,000 in 2019

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PHOTO: Motorcyclist skittled by pick-up and killed in Ranong this week – Daily News

Thai media report 12,304 people have been registered as dying at accident scenes in Thailand so far this year.

Academics caution that this figure only relates to those who die at the scene, and the actual death toll is far higher when when all all data is collated, and when victims succumb to their injuries after leaving the accident scene.

The total annual Thai death toll, over recent years, is between 21,000 – 24,000, making it one of the worst in the world (currently #5 in the world according to World Health Orginisation data).

On Monday this week 62 people died, bringing November’s toll to 144 on just the fourth day of the month.

The Daily News runs an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of Thai roads. They report the death toll daily, along with accident reports.

The Daily News reported that a motorcyclist was recently killed outside a chicken rice shop in the southern province of Ranong, north of Phang Nga. The lane-changing motorcyclist was hit by a pickup driver who could not brake in time, and flung the victim into the back of another pickup.

SOURCE: Daily News | Thai Visa

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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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Pattaya motorcyclist killed in collision with minivan

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A motorcyclist in Pattaya was pronounced dead at the scene after crashing into a minivan at an intersection. Pattaya City Police were notified of the incident at the Wat Boonkanjanaram intersection at 8pm.

Police, emergency workers and reporters rushed to the scene to find a damaged motorbike, which had struck the back of white minivan at the intersection. The van was also damaged.

The motorbike’s driver, identified as 43 year old Tanakrit Saejang, was found nearby. He died on impact according to rescue personnel. His body was taken to a local hospital.

The driver of the minivan, tour guide Suthep Jearanaibanyong, told The Pattaya News that he’d stopped his minivan, with several foreign passengers inside, at the red light. Suddenly, the motorbike, which was allegedly “travelling at high speed,” crashed into the back of the van. Neither Suthep nor his passengers were injured in the incident.

Pattaya police are checking CCTV footage nearby to determine the exact sequence of events.

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SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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3 killed, 2 injured in Nakhon Si Thammarat crash

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3 people have been killed, one an 11 year old girl, and 2 others seriously injured, after the pick-up they were travelling in collided with a roadside tree. They were all from the same family, driving in a Ford Ranger heading to a family burial. Police say the pickup they were travelling in ran off the road, hitting a roadside tree in Sichon district, Nakhon Si Thammarat, yesterday.

5 members of the one family were among 5 other vehicles who were travelling between Prachin Buri province to Surat Thani and passing through Tha Sala district yesterday morning when the incident happened. Police report that they were taking a dead family member for burial at the muslim cemetery in Ban Nathap, about 40 kilometres away from the scene of the incident.

As they were driving through Thung Prang in Nakhon Si Thammarat, their car ran off the road and crashed into a tamarind tree on the roadside reserve. A man, a woman and an 11 year old girl all died at the scene. The driver and his father were also seriously injured.

Data from the pickup’s dash cam is being examined by police as part of the investigation.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Love for driving fast leads to fatal crash

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PHOTO: Spring News

Shortly after expressing his love for driving fast, a young man has died in a high speed motorcycle crash in Bangkok. He wrote on Facebook yesterday saying that when riding solo… “I can go as fast as I wish.”

2 hours later, he died.

A witness said the 21 year old motorcyclist from Lopburi was speeding by when he smashed into a road barrier. Medics from King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital rushed to the scene and found the man’s body next to his beloved motorcycle. Nation Thailand did not report if the man was wearing a helmet, or the suspected speed the man was going before he crashed.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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