Video: Chao Fa black spot claims American motorcyclist

PHUKET: Chalong Municipality released video footage on Tuesday of collisions between cars and motorbikes at an accident black spot on Chao Fah East Road in Chalong, including that of a smash that killed an American motorcyclist on September 5.

Municipality spokesperson Suphawattakan Kunlak said the footage of the fatal accident and other serious smashes involving motorcycles, where Soi Thanuthep opens onto the main road, was released to boost public awareness of the accident black spot.

American Paul David, 50, was killed instantly while riding along Chao Fah East Road, when he collided with a Toyota Yaris that was turning right out of Soi Thanuthep around 10:30pm. Another motorcyclist was injured in the collision.

A Thai motorcyclist was seriously injured at 8:30 the next morning when he collided with a Toyota Vios that was pulling out of the same soi to cross Chao Fah East Road.

“There are no traffic lights at this busy intersection. It’s an accident black spot. There have been three accidents there in the past few weeks alone,” said Mr Suphawattakan.

“Drivers on the main road often do not see vehicles pulling out of the soi in time,” he said. “We are in discussions with the Chalong Mayor to see what can be done about it,” he said.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

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