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Elderly couple killed as car hits saleng from behind

Elderly couple killed as car hits saleng from behind

PHUKET: An elderly couple living in Phuket Town were killed when the motorbike with sidecar (saleng) was struck from behind by a car travelling at speed near the Thepsrisin Bridge, near Saphan Hin, early this morning (Jan 3).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 3 January 2023, 05:51PM

Pol Lt Col Theerawut Chuachak of the Phuket City Police confirmed officers were informed of the accident at 3:50am.

Officers arrived at the scene to a Honda sedan, registered in Ubon Ratchathani, with heavy damage to its front.

The driver, Narongphat Makmee, 56, registered as living in Ubon Ratchathani, was at the scene.

Nearby was a Phuket-registered Honda motorbike with a sidecar attached (saleng), mangled from the impact.

The driver of the saleng, Veersin Bunthanaviraphat, 64, and his wife, Ms Orapawee, 63, were both dead at the scene. The couple lived in Soi Ton Pho in Phuket Town.

The couple were heading to a local farmers market to sell groceries when they were struck from behind by the Honda sedan, police reported.

The couple lived in Soi Ton Pho in Phuket Town.

In their initial report, officers noted that although it was dark, the road was dry and the lighting was adequate at the location where the impact occurred.

Police said they were continuing their investigation, with the view of charging the driver of the Honda car, Mr Narongphat, with reckless driving causing death.

The deaths of Mr and Mrs Bunthanaviraphat bring to three the total number of people killed in road accidents during the currently ongoing Seven Days of Danger safety campaign for New Year 2023.

The first road accident fatality during the campaign occurred in the early hours of last Saturday (Dec 31).

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harald | 05 January 2023 - 09:43:08

@Kurt I also had a saleng and never ever a problem in traffic for years. easily managed around 100 km/h with honda click. anything but slow. by the way, it would be torture for me to live in a country where i don't like it, where i constantly criticize everything. by the way, just comment on something, i was an eyewitness. I leave thailand bashers/haters to speculate about accidents

Timothy | 05 January 2023 - 08:36:05

It certainly doesn't help road safety allowing owners of vehicles to black-out their windshields and front windows with 80% tint. There is absolutely no need for it. Cars have air conditioning. Drivers can wear sunglasses in the daytime. I've been in taxis with tint so dark the driver would open a side window to look out when trying to park. So stupid.  

Kurt | 05 January 2023 - 07:39:06

With understanding/respect for the ( most olderly) people who need to make a living with use of a illegal saleng, something has to be done to  tackle the problem of their low speed/space taking on 'fast speed roads', forcing all cars to 1 lane to pass the slow saleng. Perhaps a 'saleng ban' on main roads during rush hours?

Kurt | 04 January 2023 - 18:39:36

Richard_S, I agree with you, road was properly lit. Not mentioned was or the saleng was properly tail lit. Many are not!  Why the truck was on the road at 3:50 am is not a point. Yes, breathalyzing should be standard. But in the sloppy RTP many of their doings/not doings is up to the officer. Guess many times they not take that equipment to spot of happening.

JohnC | 04 January 2023 - 09:44:07

Salengs/sidecars are illegal according to Thai road laws but I have never seen any stopped for any reason, even when so hopelessly overloaded that they can only just crawl along holding up all traffic. Never seen a saleng driver wearing a helmet but never get pulled over for it. They seem to be ignored by the authorities eventhough they are responsible for many accidents that happen here.

Richard_S | 04 January 2023 - 09:24:25

Legal or not there a large number of Saleng on the road and they are an important means of transport for the many who cannot afford a truck.  The article was clear why they were on the road and that the road was properly lit.  What was not specified is where  the car driver was coming from or going to at 03:50 or if he was breathalyzed.  From the damage to the car he obviously was going very fast.

Kurt | 03 January 2023 - 18:06:41

A Saleng should not be on the road at all. And sure not at that route, Article doesn't mention or the saleng had enough and good visible back lights. But, poor thai couple, probably not knowing a saleng is illegal. May they rest in peace.


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