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Pregnant British woman crushed under 18-wheeled Phuket truck

PHUKET: A British woman six months pregnant was crushed to death under an 18-wheeled truck in central Phuket today (May 8) after the man driving the motorbike she was riding pillion on swerved to avoid a parked car.

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Monday 8 May 2017, 02:57PM


Police were called to the scene, on Thepkrasattri Rd in front of a 7-Eleven store in Thalang, at 12:10pm.

The driver of the motorbike, named by police as “Danny”, 29, from Margate, England, was conscious and suffered only minor injuries, said Lt Col Sanit Nookong of the Thalang Police.

“But he was in a state of shock and was taken to Thalang Hospital,” Col Sanit said.

Danny’s passenger on the motorbike, who police named as “Sophie”, 41, from Blackpool, was dead at the scene.

Sophie was six months pregnant, Col Sanit confirmed to The Phuket News.

"They were not married, but they were partners and he was the father of her unborn child,” he said.

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“Witnesses said that the motorbike was travelling in the left lane northbound and pulled out to drive around a parked car, and was struck by the truck,” Col Sanit said.

The woman was crushed under the wheels of the juggernaut, he added.

The driver of the truck, who initially fled the scene, has already surrendered himself to police.

He has been identified as Nattawoot Kimchue, 30, from Thai Muang in Phang Nga Province, north of Phuket.

Police have yet to confirm any charges over the accident.

* The Phuket News is withholding the victims’ names until it has been confirmed that the next of kin have been notified.

 

 

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Kurt | 13 May 2017 - 16:15:11

@ Lion20991.  I guess CaptainJack actually refers about the total absence of a good public bus service on Phuket, like  BKK, KUL, and S'pore have.

And yes, Thai Government Transport Ministry has to wake up and start to make thai bus traveling outside BKK more safe. 
I agree.

For many thai there is simply no alternative for traveling.

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Lion20991 | 12 May 2017 - 20:48:25

@CaptainJack69 I gather you have not been to Thailand, travelling on a bus also is not the safest thing and many people (including Thai's) will try and find an alternate then catching the bus. 

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Kurt | 12 May 2017 - 18:13:21

Christy Sweet: You see, if they can not get away with their own reaction, the answer left is: .."it is not my fault"..

Red that a few more people here commenting on PN invitation  put nowa Cordon Sanitaire on a few reactionairs.
One can't take them serious.
Indeed, by ignoring them clears up and lift quality of comment section.

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malczx7r | 11 May 2017 - 13:09:08

Christy, to play devils advocate here, to rent a bike here no-one asks you to present your driving licence to show you have had any bike training.  Judging from some of the riding here i'd say many have no idea.  Just because you drive a car and can physically ride a bike doesn't mean you are actually safe to ride.  As a biker for nearly 20 years when you do your bike test it completely changes how you drive and ride.  Could it be he had not got a bike licence and was therefore unaware of the dangers?  When you ride a scooter you need to keep a lot further away from the vehicle in front of you, scooter brakes are no-where as good as large motorcycle brakes or car brakes and the tyres are not as good quality offering the same level of grip, just a thought.

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Christy Sweet | 11 May 2017 - 08:10:31

Eagle, my  post was framed in a question- as in, "was..?" Your reading comprehension is almost as lacking as your insults. 
Regardless, the news has been updated the driver lost control of his bike as a car braked in front of him which may have well been for that snack stand. I see it all day long, drivers oblivious to the effects their poor habits have on others.

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Christy Sweet@Gmail.com | 09 May 2017 - 20:43:14

Libya? No.  Phuket has got to be named, officially as the most dangerous place to travel in the known universe. My question is, was the car parked illegally so the driver could snatch a quick snack  at one of those carts that line the roads? You know, the fried chicken emergency stop where the driver is blocking a lane, just taking a minute to assuage his hunger. What's a life, or two- anyway, they can come back next time..[facetious]
ARGHHHHHHHHH 

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CaptainJack69 | 08 May 2017 - 18:40:18

Oh lord, how absolutely tragic.

Even worse the precedent has recently been set for the driver of the motorbike to be charged with causing wrongful death or even manslaughter.

Now answer me this, would this most tragic of deaths have happened if the people involved had been travelling on a bus? Does anyone imagine that a 6 month pregnant (western raised) woman would choose to travel on the back of a motorbike in Thailand if there was a sensible public transport alternative? And not some ridiculous light-rail system either.

My sincere condolences to all involved.

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BenPendejo | 08 May 2017 - 16:39:44

Enough is enough...I've had it with this deadly circus, and I'm sure many will be happy, but the wheels are now in motion to get the hell out of this lawless third world hell hole.  To watch this murderous carnage go on and on, day after day after day and to have this worthless police force continue to do nothing, is totally unacceptable.

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