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Teenagers killed in motorbike accident with 18-wheel trailer truck in Chon Buri

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2 teenagers were killed in a motorbike accident in Chon Buri after a 18-wheel trailer truck quickly changed lanes to avoid another vehicle, hitting the bike and running over a rider.

The body of a 14 year old student was found trapped under the trailer truck. The other 13 year old student died on the way to a local hospital. Rescuers say he had critical head and leg injuries. The motorbike was found 50 metres from the truck.

The trailer truck driver, 41 year old Banjonsak Somboon, faces charges of reckless driving causing death. He says he quickly changed lanes to avoid another vehicle.

“There was a pickup truck coming out from the entry road to a temple without warning… I tried to avoid the pickup truck as I was sure there were no other vehicles (nearby.)”

SOURCES: Pattaya News | Thairath

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    Jeff

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Don’t change lanes to avoid another vehicle or obstacle, any incident then becomes your fault. Entering into oncoming traffic, instead of waiting for a proper space to enter, is a BAD Thai driving habit. As is making left hand turns onto a road without looking while riding a motorcycle. People in Thailand don’t know how to drive…they think it’s others’ responsibility to avoid them, no matter what. RIP young motorcyclists.

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      Slugger

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 3:09 pm

      What a pity there wasn’t a pulpit nearby where you could deliver a safe driving sermon.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    The minimum age to drive a motor cycle in Thailand is 15.
    As long as the police do not enforce the traffic laws Thailand, they will have one of the highest death rate of the world.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 4:15 pm

      An on the spot death sentence is rather harsh for driving under age, Toby – and I doubt that if they’d been any older it would have made any difference.

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        Richard

        Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:08 am

        Age wouldn’t have made any difference, the older teach the younger the bad habits. I’ve seen both young and old with crushed skulls due to negligence on the part of cycle driver. That dosen’t mean automobile are perfect drivers which they aren’t. But motorcycle drivers are very reckless. After so many scenes of death,I resigned from Hwy rescue service.

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    Wayne Possehl

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    We’ve all seen kids driving motorcycles, with other kids on them, that look like they might be 10, maybe 11 or 12. It’s the parents, or lack of adult supervision that allows this. Often the kids are left in the care of elder grandparents who don’t have the energy or motivation to say no. Sad.

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    Jim kelly

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Ahhhhhh, but if this were Covid deaths the country would be in lockdown by now!!! RTA?! Naaaahhhh, don’t worry it’s ok. Like i said yesterday, an effective way to unofficially cull 16-17,000 of your population each year. The Thai’s don’t care… “life’ here has no value… unless you’re a bar girl of course!!

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    Ian

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Even bar girls have a sell by date
    And yes another day more deaths life is so unimportant in thailand as this becomes the norm daily and yet it can be stopped if only the authorities and government cracked down hard on drivers but thier way to busy causing the country to go bankrupt. In the UK it’s the opposite the police hammer drivers while other crime escalates

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    Baroness

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:18 am

    My wife and I have been witnesses of the same type of accident on Hiway 4 in Samut Songkhram. We stopped on the shoulder and beside the crushed motorbike and the 2 bodies many people at the scene. I asked a taxi driver parked close the scene if the ambulance and the police had been called. He spoke fairly well English and answered: Yes ambulance is on its way. So I added I think it may be too late considering the traffic jam on the road. He just shrugged his shoulders and said: “No problem, they are Burmese!”.
    I told my wife if we had been the victims, this guy would have just said:”No problem, they are farangs”.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:01 am

      Wouldn’t it have been “too late” and “no problem” because they were already dead?

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    Anh Lam

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    I wonder if thailands PM daughters would be victims of motorcycle fatality, there would be enfircement finally.
    I walked past a motocycle car collision 1 week ago, i saw the cyclist turn left without looking. Hit the by the oncoming car, cyclist hurt, car driver seemed to take the blame as the law in thailand allows car drivers to be guilty on scene.
    Moral of this incident, the police post right on the corner was maned by one Sleeping police man.
    Amazing Thailand!

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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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Roadtrippers take a break at petrol station only to find dead body under car

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A group of holiday road trippers from Pathum Thani got a horrifying surprise after finding a partial human body underneath one of their cars. The group was on their way to Koh Chang when they stopped at a petrol station this morning in the eastern province of Khao Saming.

The 10 holidaymakers reported the discovery at Sawang Sawai PTT petrol station at 6:30am. Police and rescue workers say the body was trapped under a Honda Jazz. They say there was no damage to the car as it appeared the car did not have an accident.

The driver of the car says he and 9 of his friends were travelling together in 4 cars, when they stopped at the petrol station to take a break. It was then that one of his friends noticed what looked like a body of some sort beneath his car. Media reports say there was an arm, legs, and torso found under the car, but no head.

The driver says they thought the body was a dead animal carcass and slowly backed up the car, only to find a partial human body. About 3 to 4 kilometres earlier, he said they all saw what they thought was a dog carcass on the road, but it was dark and could not clearly see what it was.

Their accounts stack up to what Swang Boonchuay rescue foundation confirmed as it arrived a couple of hours earlier to the scene of an accident in Chanthaburi province. Their search turned up nothing but then the team went out again a bit later and found human body parts scattered along Sukhumvit Road.

Police say they will examine the driver’s car while he is on holiday in which he will return afterwards to collect it.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Man killed and 2 injured after sports car collides with van in Bangkok

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A man was killed and 2 others were injured in a traffic accident last night in Bangkok’s Nong Khaem district. Thai media says 35 year old Natthawat was driving a “souped up” Nissan Skyline when he lost control of the sports car, driving over the median and colliding with an oncoming van.

Police responding to the accident on Petchkasem Road and say Natthawat was pronounced dead at the scene. His girlfriend, 26 year old Khemmika, was taken to the hospital with a broken arm. The driver of the van, 56 year old Bunsong, was also taken to the hospital with leg injuries.

A woman who runs a roadside shop witnessed the accident. She told police she heard an engine rev, then saw the sports car drive by and lose control.

Police are still investigating and are reviewing surveillance camera footage in the area.

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Nearly 400 people were killed in road accidents in Thailand over the New Year holiday week known as the “7 Dangerous Days.” Motorcycles were involved in the vast majority of accidents while speeding and drink-driving were the most common causes of accidents.

From December 29 up until yesterday, 392 people died in accidents, a 5% increase from last year’s toll of 373 deaths, according to the Road Safety Directing Centre. There were 3,333 accidents altogether and 3,326 people were injured, a decrease from last year’s count of 3,421 accidents and 3,499 injuries.

Motorcycles were involved in 82.5% of accidents. Speeding was reported as a major cause of 33.6% of accidents followed by drink-driving which was reported as the cause of 33.1% of accidents.

The centre says the “riskiest behaviours” were people not wearing helmets and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Chiang Mai reported the most accidents and injuries with 115 accidents and 117 injuries. Chiang Rai had the highest number of deaths, reporting 18 people killed in accidents over the holiday week.

Only 7 of Thailand’s 77 provinces reported no deaths during the New Years holiday week.

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