Young cow fatally hit in Phuket car accident sparks safety concerns

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A tragic incident unfolded last night in Srisoonthorn, Phuket, when a young cow was fatally hit by a car. The cow, believed to be between six to eight months old, had wandered onto the Thung Suea Khruan – Ban Don Road, leading to the unfortunate accident.

The incident was reported at 8.30pm, with residents gathering around the lifeless body of the calf. Not far from the scene, a Toyota Vios car with registration plates from Nonthaburi was found askew at the roadside. The car’s front right panels bore the brunt of the accident, showing significant damage from hitting the cow.

The vehicle was driven by Wisdom Chukwunonso Onwukwe, a 40 year old Nigerian national. Fortunately, Onwukwe emerged from the incident unscathed. According to his account of the accident, the cow darted out from the side of the road while he was driving at approximately 50 kilometres an hour. The sudden appearance of the calf left him with no chance to avoid the collision.

Following the incident, Onwukwe was escorted to Thalang Police Station to provide his statement. Simultaneously, authorities retrieved the car and the calf’s body. These will serve as key evidence in the ensuing discussions with the cow’s owner regarding compensation for the fatality in the accident, reports The Phuket News.

A few months ago, a similar accident with cows happened in Phuket, in which a driver collided with a group of wandering cows on Thepkrasattri Road. The driver was travelling in his white Toyota Veloce car around 4.30am when ten cows suddenly appeared out of nowhere and ran onto the road.

In other bovine news, a cow and her month-old calf were brutally killed and beheaded in a forest in Ban Dung district, Udon Thani. The attackers then left the decapitated heads hanging from a tree. This accident sent shockwaves through the Ban Dung community.

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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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