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Motorbike driver escapes injury in ‘red-light rush’ pickup slam in Phuket Town

PHUKET: The driver of a three-wheeler motorbike with sidecar escaped serious injuries yesterday afternoon (Feb 28) when his “saleng” slammed into into the back of a pickup truck in Phuket Town.

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Wednesday 1 March 2017, 02:47PM

The accident happened on Mae Luan Rd, near the intersection with Patipat Rd, reported Supawatkun Khunluk, who witnessed the accident.

“The saleng motorbike hit the back of the pickup, then up-ended in the air and landed on its side. The contents of the saleng, which was carrying bags of rice, fruit and a bird cage, scattered all across the road,” Mr Supawatkun said.

“I don’t want to argue over who is right or wrong. I just want people to stop trying to speed through traffic lights when they see them changing from green to red.

“When drivers realise they cannot make it through the green light, they should start braking as soon as possible so they can stop safely in time,” Mr Supawatkun added.



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Nasa123 | 03 March 2017 - 07:30:06

But you have 2 or 3 big car back you in 70 to 80 Km to try to go on yellow light, you want to stop whit a small motorbike ? Not me.

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Kurt | 02 March 2017 - 13:50:04

yes Fritz Pinguin, I agree. See the illegal Salaengs riding.. 
It is stupid in eyes of normal people, as these things are technically not road worthy.
And you see whole families on it, 5-6 people, all without helmets.

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Fritz Pinguin | 02 March 2017 - 10:40:52

These Salaengs are just an accident waiting to happen. Attaching a sidecar without brakes to a bike is the utmost stupid idea one can have. Just have a look at the behaviour of the vehicle if the driver wants to drive with one hand at the bars, probably because he is on the mobile. Or try to stop one of these loaded fully with bags of ice!

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