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

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Thairath

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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    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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      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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        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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    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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    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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