PHUKET: Twenty-one people were killed in traffic accidents between April 20 and May 20, according to statistics from the Wachira, Thalang and Patong government hospitals. Ampaipan Pawawattananusorn of the Phuket Provincial Health Office reports that 17 of the victims died while on motorcycles, three in cars and one while riding a bicycle. In the same period, 48 people were injured in car accidents, while 783 were hurt while riding motorbikes. These figures are up significantly from last year’s count of 39 injured in automobile crashes and 718 injured on motorbikes. This year’s totals from January 1 to May 20 show 11 people killed driving cars and 72 driving motorcycles, with 4,811 people injured, of whom 4,461 were on motorbikes.
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