Motorcyclist crashes into religious vendor stall in Pattaya, gets seriously injured

Photo by The Pattaya News.

A motorcyclist was seriously injured after crashing into a religious vendor stall in Pattaya. The incident happened at 2.40am yesterday on Soi Pornprapanimit in Bang Lamung district.

Rescuers rushed to the scene to find the motorcyclist, 49 year old Sakhon Nakhon native Phothong Chaitamat, lying unconscious beside his motorcycle. He was bleeding heavily, so the rescuers provided him with first aid before rushing him to Bang Lamung Hospital.

Phothong had crashed into a stall selling Buddhist offerings. The stall owner, a 26 year old man named Worachart Pilarat, said he was sleeping nearby when he heard a loud crashing sound. He was shocked to discover that a motorcycle had crashed into his stall. He found Phothong lying beside his vehicle.

Phothong is currently under close medical attention at Bang Lamung Hospital, The Pattaya News reported. Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

On the same morning, another motorbike crash in South Pattaya left two residents in grave condition as one’s head became trapped under a car. Sawang Boriboon rescue services arrived at the scene and found an elderly man stuck with his head trapped under a sedan. The other resident was a teenager and reported to be barely breathing.

The driver of a car, Komkyou Sida, said he saw both motorbikes trying to overtake one another and saw them crash into each other. He says the crash happened right in front of his car, with the elderly man sliding under his car and getting stuck.

The Thailand Road Safety Committee (ThaiRSC) reported in January that as many as 939,713 road accidents were reported in Thailand last year, up 4.7% from 2021. Road accidents killed 14,737 people, and injured 924,799 last year, ThaiRSC said. The committee reported that 536 deaths and 7,885 injuries were among foreigners.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department’s Road Safety Centre reported 2,440 road accidents during the annual “7 dangerous days” (December 29 to January 4) when people head to their hometowns to mark the new year.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.