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Elderly British man killed, monk injured, in Isaan collision

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Bangkok Post/The Chiang Rai Times

A 70 year old British expat has died, and a monk has been seriously injured, after the motorbike and sidecar they were travelling on was hit from behind by a pick-up truck. The collision happened in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, and is the second such accident over the weekend.

A report in The Chiang Rai Times says the woman driving the pick-up truck told police she was driving from Surin province to Nakhon Ratchasima, in order to pick up her sister, when she hit the sidecar from behind. The 70 year old driver, named only as David, died in the collision, while a 59 year old monk, Phra Wasant Boonkham, who was travelling in the sidecar, ended up with 2 broken legs. It’s understood the monk is the dead man’s brother-in-law, with David’s wife saying her husband was taking him to Wat Suntarikaram temple.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

Meanwhile, another man has died after an incident involving a motorbike, also in Nakhon Ratchasima province. 72 year old Sompong Khomeeklang was crossing the road in the Phimai district when he was hit by a motorbike. He sustained a broken neck and died at the scene.

Witnesses report the bike was being driven at high speed, with the male driver and female pillion passenger injured in the collision. They have been admitted to Phimai Hospital for medical treatment and their identities are not yet known.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times


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    Monday, July 27, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Dear P.M., please ban the motorbikes! They are much deadly than COVID, and I’m soooo scared!

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    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    God rest their souls.

    I suppose it was reported in the news as it involved a falang and a monk.

    But there will also be 66 other people killed on the roads today according to the national statists.

    Driving tests need to be much harder than the current test which a ten-year-old kid could pass.

    The wearing of helmets should really be enforced for anyone on a motorbike or sidecar.

    When I drive here in Phuket I see 75% of people do not bother with a head-protection on motorcycles.

    But there is a further problem as you often see up to ten people sitting in the back of pickup trucks!

    In comparison in the UK there are approx 1700 road deaths per year, passing a driving test there is hard and hardly anyone passes the first time.

    I know we have a lot fewer motorcycles in the UK but the driving test here is far too easy.

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