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Krabi man hits reduce speed sign, dies

PHUKET: A 24-year-old man from Krabi was killed when he lost control of the motorbike he was riding and hit a ‘City Limits - Reduce Speed’ sign by the side of Thepkrasattri Rd yesterday (Mar 5).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 6 March 2023, 09:35AM

Capt Kornphoomphot Pongpaiboon of the Thalang Police was notified of the accident, near the Shell petrol station on Thepkrasattri Rd southbound in Tambon Thepkasattri, at 7:40am.

Officers along with Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers arrived to find the motorbike, a Phuket-registered black-red Honda PCX, demolished by the side of the road.

Its driver, Thanongsak Raiyai, 24, a resident of Moo 7, Nuea Khlong, Krabi Province, was lying dead nearby. He had broken his neck and had died instantly at the scene, police said.

His passenger, Piyaporn Kittikulnatee, 30, was injured in the accident, and was rushed to hospital.

From their initial investigation, police said that Mr Thanongsak had just returned from his home in Krabi when he lost control of the motorbike and struck the sign by the side of the road.

Police are continuing their investigation into the cause of the accident, officers said.

According to the national Thailand Road Safety Committee (ThaiRSC), Phuket suffered one death and 63 people injured in road accidents yesterday (Mar 5).

Already so far this year has recorded 25 people have died and 4,230 people have been injured in road accidents on the island since the start of the year.

Five people have already been recorded as injured in road accidents in Phuket today (Mar 6).

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Jor12 | 07 March 2023 - 17:38:35

John...you forgot to mention mechanical failures; tyre blowout; act of "God" such as vision impairment by foreign object in eye. A neck can be broken with or without a helmet. Any death is tragic. Condolences to the man's family and friends.

JohnC | 07 March 2023 - 08:44:11

A straight stretch of road, no rain and the sign is far enough away from the road to be considered a safe clearly visible position. One wonders how he could lose control in those circumstances. Excessive speed or swerving around other vehicles seems to be the most likely cause. No helmets by the look of it. RTP needs to start policing their own citizens more than trying to target foreigners.

Jor12 | 06 March 2023 - 14:09:46

Kurt..how is knowing the breakdown of nationality and licensing going to assist with the Earth's rotation?

Kurt | 06 March 2023 - 11:01:04

Ironic. Would driver have seen the 'reduce speed' sign in that split second before he died? Wish the lucky surviving passenger a sound recovery.

Kurt | 06 March 2023 - 10:55:44

Would be good to specify the numbers in Thai and foreigners categories about the death and injured. With mentioning or they had/have a driving license.


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