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One dead, one injured in Phuket 22-wheeler hit-and-run

PHUKET: A motorcyclist has died after being run over by a 22-wheeled truck and trailer, whilst another motorcyclist was left seriously injured, in a hit-and-run in central Phuket this morning (Oct 18).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 18 October 2017, 01:09PM

Thongmai Chairat, 32, from Ubon Ratchathani, died after he was run over by a 22-wheeled truck and trailer in central Phuket this morning (Oct 18). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Thongmai Chairat, 32, from Ubon Ratchathani, died after he was run over by a 22-wheeled truck and trailer in central Phuket this morning (Oct 18). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Capt Kraisorn Boonprasop of the Thalang Police was notified of the incident, in front of the Tha Rua public service centre on Thepkrasattri Rd southbound, at 8:10am.

Thalang Police arrived at the scene to find the body of Thongmai Chairat, 32, from Ubon Ratchathani.

He had been run over by a 22-wheeled truck with both of his legs nearly detached from his body, said Capt Kraisorn.

Another motorcyclist, Nuttawut Chaikham, 24, also from Ubon Ratchathani, was seriously injured after being knocked off his bike by the same 22-wheeler, whose driver fled the scene.

“According to the preliminary investigation, Mr Thongmai had been knocked off his motorbike by a white Honda car, that was parked in the right lane with its emergency lights turned on when police arrived,” said Capt Kraisorn.

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The driver of the Honda, Wiroj Utatkul, 49, told police that Mr Thomgmai had abruptly overtaken him, causing Mr Wiroj to hit Mr Thongmai from behind and causing him to fall into the path of the 22-wheeled truck, Capt Kraisorn added.

“The truck ran over Mr Thomgmai and then crashed into Mr Nuttawut’s Fino motorbike, leaving Mr Nuttawut seriously injured before fleeing the scene.” he said.

Rescue workers rushed Mr Nuttawut to Vachira Hospital for medical attention, and Mr Thongmai’s body to Thalang Hospital.

“Police will check the CCTV footage nearby to investigate the facts more thoroughly and to try to track down the driver of the truck,” Capt Kraisorn said.



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Pauly44 | 19 October 2017 - 17:12:31

Oh sorry to offend your sensitivities but there is nothing good or positive to say about it. I See the insanity on a daily basis, they drive with no regard for anything but themselves and deserve the outcome, in fact it\'s a miracle is doesn\'t happen more!

Eagle | 19 October 2017 - 16:51:46

As someone never gets tired of telling us all the time that Thailand is an uncivilized,undeveloped,third world country,why the need of reminding us that fleeing the scene of an accident is a serious offence in other civilized countries.You should have known better before moving here.The constant whinging won't change anything soon.This includes some other commentators too.

Kurt | 19 October 2017 - 15:02:18

After reading the article of PN I just feel very sorry for the motorcyclist.
No hateful scorn and/or vitriol. 
Just all about some thai people who here while driving not be considered about other road users, causing the accidents, and than fled the scene.
Mind you: in a civilized country is fleeding the scene a serious offence, you go to jail for that.
Very sad, RIP thai persons who died, and ...

ematt | 19 October 2017 - 10:31:40

How typical, hateful scorn and vitriol directed at any and all, demonstrating utter insensitivity, breathtaking.

Pauly44 | 18 October 2017 - 17:33:14

How typical, one idiot's actions causes another idiot to crash into another idiot, then truck driver idiot runs away, spineless infantiles demonstrating their utter stupidity, breathtaking.

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