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Austrian man, 77, dies as motorbike collides head-on with van

Austrian man, 77, dies as motorbike collides head-on with van

PHUKET: A 77-year-old Austrian man has died after the motorbike he was riding collided head-on with a passenger van in Kata last night (Aug 18).

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 19 August 2020, 01:18PM

Capt Channarong Pakrongkeua of the Karon Police reported that police and rescue workers were called to the scene, in front of the Kata branch of the Thai Gold Shop on Patak Rd, at about 7:30pm.

Rescue workers and police arrived at the scene to find a Toyota commercial passenger van with yellow licence plates stopped in the left lane with very heavy damage to its front.

About four metres away was a Honda motorbike registered in Chumphon and two people on the road injured.

One of the injured was identified as a 77-year-old Austrian national*, who was unconscious and unresponsive, Capt Channarong said.

Also on the road unconscious with serious injuries was Kannika Surat, 29, originally from Sakon Nakhon.

Rescue workers provided immediate first aid before rushing both to Chalong Hospital.

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However, the Austrian man was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, Capt Channarong explained.

Capt Channarong said that according to the police’s initial investigation, the Austrian man was riding the motorbike from Karon towards Kata with Ms Kannika sitting on the back. As the motorbike rounded the curve, it strayed into the oncoming lane and struck the van head-on.

The van driver, 56-year-old Phuket native Wirat Buapri, who was waiting at the scene, said he was unable to avoid the collision.

Police have asked doctors to perform alcohol checks on both Mr Wirat and the Austrian man’s remains. Officers will wait for the results of those tests before proceeding with any legal action, Capt Channarong said.

* The Phuket News is withholding the Austrian man’s name until it has been confirmed that his family have been notified.

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BigA | 20 August 2020 - 09:38:01

Its not me 

Island Man | 20 August 2020 - 07:55:49

People just don' know how to ride a motorcycle or how to make it turn. Push left, push right on the bars to turn left or right is how you turn a bike. Also, looking ahead at where one is going around the turn/curve and not in directly in front of the bike makes the bike turn. Your body, hence your bike will follow your eyes. Look to where you are going not in front of the bike.

Wiesel | 19 August 2020 - 23:43:38

@Kurt: you realy call it a sad accident? To fast, lost control, cant keep the line, .... young lady involved, .... i would call it overspeeding and if the driver would have been Thai you would have ask about helmet, speed, license, ... Why you sound so different when it is a overaged farang with bigbike and young lady on sozia??? 

Kurt | 19 August 2020 - 13:25:37

This unfortunate accident reminds me of Mr Peter in Phuket prison. How is his case proceeding? Is he still in prison?


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