Motorbike rider fatally crushed by trailer truck in Srisoonthorn

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A tragic accident occurred in Srisoonthorn, Phuket last night when a motorcycle rider was fatally crushed by a trailer truck on the Khao Lan-Bang Jo road. The truck driver claimed he did not see the motorcycle rider.

Thalang Police received the accident report at 5.20pm. Upon arrival at the scene, opposite Soi Ban Kluai in Moo 1, Srisoonthorn, police and a rescue unit from Srisoonthorn Municipality found a Phuket-registered Honda Wave motorbike lying on the road.

Nearby, the body of 52 year old Thanakorn Kahong, was discovered.

A white Hino trailer truck was located further down the road, with its driver, 60 year old Somchai Sujarittham, who stood awaiting authorities nearby.

He explained to the police that he was initially unaware he had run over anyone. He had been driving back after delivering rocks and had stopped behind cars waiting for the traffic lights.

When the lights turned green, he moved off with the rest of the traffic.

“After about 15 metres, a motorbike rider pulled up beside the cab and told me that a motorbike rider had just been run over by my truck. I stopped immediately.”

Thanakorn’s body was taken to Thalang Hospital and Somchai was escorted to Thalang Police Station, where he tested negative for alcohol, reported Phuket News.

Locals have pointed out that traffic signs clearly prohibit trailer trucks from using the road, yet these vehicles frequently violate the restriction despite numerous complaints.

In related news, a palm tree fell onto a passing car on Thepkrasattri Road in Phuket during a thunderstorm on the evening of May 15, prompting officials to urge motorists to drive cautiously in such weather.

Thalang Police received reports of the incident around 6pm. Upon arrival, police and rescue workers found a heavily damaged white Suzuki car registered in Phuket. The car, which had also collided with another vehicle, suffered significant damage to its roof and front.

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Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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