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Foreign woman crushed by 22-wheeler in Chalong

Foreign woman crushed by 22-wheeler in Chalong

PHUKET: A foreign woman died instantly at the scene after failing to control her rented motorcycle, falling down on the road and being run over by a truck and trailer in Chalong today (May 4). 

By The Phuket News

Thursday 4 May 2023, 06:02PM

UPDATE: Chalong Police have confirmed that the driver of the truck did not escape from the scene and gave his statement to the officers when they arrived. According to the driver, the bike was taking over his truck and then slipped on the road. He was unable to avoid collision. Chalong Police officers have a CCTV video of the accident showing no wrong actions by the truck driver.

The fatal accident in Chalong was reported by the Ruamjai Phuket Foundation just after 4.30pm today. The accident happened on Chao Fa West Rd., less than 700m from the foundation’s headquarters.  

Having arrived at the scene in front of the entrance to Chao Fa Thani housing estate, rescue workers found a damaged Honda CRF enduro motorcycle belonging to a local rental shop. 

Near the motorbike was the body of an unnamed Polish woman. According to the Ruamjai Phuket Foundation, she died at the scene from multiple injuries, including cracked skull and broken bones. The body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

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Eyewitnesses at the scene told rescue workers that the woman was riding her bike in the direction of Soi Ta-Ied when she hit a roadside guardrail. The woman then fell on the road and was run over by a 22-wheeled truck and trailer.

It was not specified if the driver of the truck stopped his vehicle after the incident. Photos from the scene show the body of the unnamed Polish woman and her motorcycle, but no trucks are present anywhere in the nearest vicinity. Yet Ruamjai reports that the vehicle had 22 wheels.

Chalong Police are yet to report the incident. Name and age of the deceased have not been revealed by the rescue workers.

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DeKaaskopp | 08 May 2023 - 21:57:23

@KamalaPete   You are right that the rider took off,crossing both lanes. But you can see that more bikes before did swerve to the right. The rider did not suddenly put his front wheel across the shoulder. The street becomes very narrow at that specific stretch of the road. Sorry to say,but in my opinion (based only by the video available right now}  she just misjudged the situation. 

Kamala Pete | 08 May 2023 - 16:51:35

Examining the video carefully on big screen - she IS taking evasive action for a scooter which suddenly puts its front wheel across the shoulder. As she falls the rider immediately takes off - crossing both lanes to apparently "hide" in front of traffic. 

christysweet | 08 May 2023 - 10:10:04

 If she hit something- even a pot hole- straight on she would have continued forward. I concur with police, her fault entirely. She  braked for the scooter  who  was technically out of the traffic lane, hit the gravel and that caused  the sideways toppling.  She made a fatal mistake of trying to pass  on the left in  the shoulder lane that had gravel on  it.  I am sorry. 

Capricornball | 07 May 2023 - 22:39:32

Maybe the clip I saw was a different accident, but the nature of the accident as well as the timing makes me pretty confident that it was the same accident. Perhaps there is a commercial building that had cctv on the same side of the street as where the accident was, or another pole-mounted cctv further up the road from where it occurred.

Capricornball | 07 May 2023 - 22:23:34

I get no kicks from this...I have nothing to gain...I'm just stating what I saw. The video clip I saw would be from the other direction, perhaps 50-75 meters facing the other way down the street from the Newsflare clip, looking towards the left side of of the truck. You could see that she hit something, and there is something in the Newsflare clip that blocks the view of what she hit.

christysweet | 07 May 2023 - 21:02:41

I  rescind  and regret the earlier comment about a side car- that was just objects on  pole in the fore ground,  it  just is not  clear from the angle if she hit an object or  maybe braked and slipped in the gravel that seems to be on that  shoulder lane.  I  bet at least 3 other cameras picked this up.

B-scoop | 07 May 2023 - 20:19:44

@Hermann1 one of my friends has also seen that video with the car and supposedly that one is from the accident in the past, with two riders involved and one of them falling under the truck. Location remained the same. He said that clearly that one had two people on a bike. Yes, from Newsflare we can tell there was something there that one had avoided and She couldn't. 

Hermann1 | 07 May 2023 - 19:52:39

The video at NewsFlare shows some motorcycle rider tried to avoid hitting something. Sadly she hit it. @ Capricornball   We all want to know what happened on that road. I think your conspiracy theory isn't helpful. And so far you are the only person who saw a video,that mysteriously popped up on your computer. I can't see any car on the NewsFlare video where a car  driver opened the door. 

Capricornball | 07 May 2023 - 17:26:07

The video clip at NewsFlare was different than the one I saw. The NewsFlare vid clearly shows her hit something (the opening car door visible in the video I saw) which sent her sliding into the truck. This is a half-asses "investigation". There is another camera angle pointing across the road near the point where you can see her hit something. Seems like someone may be trying to hide tha...

christysweet | 07 May 2023 - 14:10:44

And fully viewable in the video on the right  is a CCTV  pole  with another  camera  pointed at that location. 

B-scoop | 07 May 2023 - 13:57:37

You can see there was a scooter that stopped for no reason in front of Her only few seconds before. One bike ahead of Her quickly avoids the collision and she had chosen to hit the road barrier instead. The bike then runs away right after the accident... That's a crime, isn't it?

christysweet | 07 May 2023 - 13:53:54

 There is a motorcycle that  was there and then left. which is what she might have been avoiding, perhaps a pothole contributed  to losing control.   Something stopped her.  It seems clear the truck driver was in no way responsible.  So sorry  you have to go through this and  see  these images. 

B-scoop | 07 May 2023 - 12:22:15

@christysweet that's the one I was shown at the police station. Wondering if there will be more to leak out...

christysweet | 07 May 2023 - 11:45:52

Sorry to say, from vid at NewsFlare  it appears she ran into the back of a motorcycle side car parked well out of the lane, she toppled over  and under the wheels.  Only "B Scoop"  I can find  on FB is an ice cream shop in Bangkok  I left a comment  on  a post where to find vid.     

christysweet | 07 May 2023 - 11:33:49

Newsflare  has a vid 

B-scoop | 06 May 2023 - 20:51:09

@Kamala Pete, good shot, if The Phuket News agrees I would offer a cash reward. So many phones, dashcams everywhere... there must be something.

B-scoop | 06 May 2023 - 19:07:51

The biker right ahead of Her has made a sudden maneuver clearly to avoid something. I wouldn't jump in front of the truck if I were him without a reason. But you can't see the side of the road at this point. Chalong Police has promised to check if they can access other CCTV cameras there. They stated those are operated by the council or something. 

B-scoop | 06 May 2023 - 19:03:17

Thank you. Yes, it won't bring Her back...
@Capricornball I highly appreciate your efforts to find it, please keep me informed. You can find me on FB under this name.
I spoke with the police twice today. They showed me the footage from just one camera. You can't see the car there, it all happened on the verge of the screen. But my Thai friend is looking for any witnesses.

Kamala Pete | 06 May 2023 - 15:24:09

Just a thought - someone must still have the footage on their phone or laptop. Perhaps a cash reward would unearth it. Maybe TPN could act as "middleman" as the download point?

Capricornball | 06 May 2023 - 11:26:56

@B-scoop, sorry, as I mentioned, I saw it in a random FB "Reels and Short Videos" clip. In a non-corrupt country you should be able to access the CCTV, but the corrupt Chalong police have evidently kept it under wraps for some reason. It looks like perhaps it was "leaked", then taken down. I would make inquiries with the Chalong Police...see where that gets you.

Pascale | 06 May 2023 - 11:13:38

@B-scoop     I am sorry for your loss ! Sadly there are indeed always some people who know it all without being a witness.
@ Capricornball  A random FB feed ? Hope you can find it again.

maverick | 06 May 2023 - 10:54:22

B-scoop@ sorry for your loss terrible tragedy as an experienced rider myself my biggest fear is always the stupidity of others it won’t bring her back but jailing the car driver would be a lesson to others 

B-scoop | 05 May 2023 - 20:28:40

Capricornball, how did you get access to the CCTV footage of the accident??? Is it possible to watch it somewhere? It will not bring her life back, but will answer some questions for the family, and the closest ones. I would highly appreciate your help. I am her boyfriend...

The bike wasn't rental. She had both license and experience riding. But some would always know better. Not my level.

maverick | 05 May 2023 - 19:29:53

tragedy for this woman and her family she was riding a motorbike not a scooter so not the usual tourist scenario obviously competent unlike the driver that opened their door in front of her 

Capricornball | 05 May 2023 - 18:23:45

@Saki...I just saw it on a random FB feed...I tried to copy the link but couldn't. The update above mentions that Chalong Police have CCTV of the accident. They have probably already contacted the parked car guy, as he would probably pay big baht to have that video "go kaput". The CCTV clip I saw showed it clear as day.


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