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Phuket motorcyclist dies after colliding with car, minivan

PHUKET: A 49-year old Thai man died yesterday night when the motorbike he was riding collided with a car and minivan in Sakoo.

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Saturday 6 May 2017, 10:00AM

The motorbike and its driver were still stuck under the minivan when police arrived. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
The motorbike and its driver were still stuck under the minivan when police arrived. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

At 8pm yesterday (May5), Sakoo Police were informed of an accident in front of a Family Mart on Soi Bangmahrao 2, Moo5, Sakoo.

Lt Thanakarn Auchanaratsamee of the Sakoo Police arrived at the scene with Kusoldharm rescue workers to find a yellow plate minivan with its the front right side damaged.

Stuck underneath the front of the minivan was a Suzuki motorbike and the body 49-year-old Mr Panakorn Boonrung.

Mr Panakorn’s body was immediately taken to to Thalang Hospital.

The minivan driver, Mr Vitavat Jongsathitchacorn, 38, was waiting for police at the scene.

Lt Col Thanakarn said, “Mr Vitavat told us that he was driving from Phuket Town taking two Australian passengers to Phuket International Airport.

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“He said that the driver of motorbike suddenly changed lanes and picked up speed as he tried to overtake a car. When the motorcyclist saw his van he slowed down suddenly and lost control his motorbike.

“The motorbike first hit the car it was trying to overtake and then collided with the minivan.

“The minivan dragged the motorbike and its driver 30 metres along the road before coming to a stop,” he said.

“The minivan driver was taken to Sakoo Police Station for questioning and the two passengers were taken to Phuket International Airport by other vehicle.

“The driver of the car was waiting for officers at Sakoo Police Station immediately after the accident,” Lt Col Thanakarn added.

It is currently unknown whether any charges are to be pressed against any person involved in the accident.



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CaptainJack69 | 07 May 2017 - 19:04:33

@Eagle: In "your country" is it normal for the local villagers to come out to an accident scene and lynch drivers of cars involved in collisions? When was the last time someone was murdered in this way in "your country"? Because it happens all the time here, and if you're a foreigner...

Seriously, everyone, this is sage advice, stop and offer assistance if you can, wait for the police, but if you start to feel in the slightest bit threatened then leave IMMEDIATELY and go straight to the nearest police station. These situations can escalate with frightening speed once someone decides to take the law into their own hands.

And, again, get a dash-cam, make sure it's working, and always back-up the footage before you give it to anyone.

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CaptainJack69 | 07 May 2017 - 18:52:40

@Simon01:  Green plates for cars, yellow for buses (more than 7 seats). Maybe reign in your ire just a tad until you have the facts.

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Jor12 | 07 May 2017 - 12:24:52, the accident happened in Thailand, It was not a Thai motorbike but Japanese. The accident had everything to do with car driver...he should not have been where he was. Decamping from an accident scene cannot be confined to Thai's alone, but then again it is convenient for you given your hatred of anything Thai.

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Kurt | 06 May 2017 - 16:38:41

A 100% thai accident. Whoever the driver of the car was. 
The thai motorbike was trying to overtake the car, that was not working as the story developed.
The accident had nothing to do with the car driver.
But very good example of the fact the foreign car driver himself went immediately to the police station after the accident.
Many thai ( the run aways who leave wounded passengers abandon) can learn from that correct behavior.

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BenPendejo | 06 May 2017 - 14:39:24

After reading the story...charges should be pressed against the motorbike, since "the motorbike he was riding collided with a car and minivan...".  It is never "the impatient driver lost control and plowed his motorbike into a car and minivan.  And I agree malcz...could you imagine being a passenger in a fatal accident and not taken in for questioning as a witness???  But then again, the police jnew there was know way to fleece the just let them go and chalk this up as a Thai-Thai misunderstanding.

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Kurt | 06 May 2017 - 11:34:40

malczx7r:  Most of the time foreign passengers riding in a Phuket minivan, keep fingers crossed, and sometimes eyes closed and pray they arrive safe at Phuket airport themselves.

As foreign departers have to report 3 hours prior departure at Phuket International airport, the police could have gone to Phuket airport and take the witness statements there, after passengers checked in for their flight.

Being taken to a police station, chance on missing flight?
Would RTP pay for new tickets, extra hotel/travel expenses?
I don't think so.

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malczx7r | 06 May 2017 - 11:14:13

Whilst not good for the passengers, surely they should have been taken to the police station as witnesses to a death?

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Kurt | 06 May 2017 - 10:59:37

A sad thai-thai-thai affair.
Probably no charges at all. It is a 100% thai accident.
A very unfortunate and horrible 'farewell Phuket happening' for the two departing tourists.

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simon01 | 06 May 2017 - 10:50:46

Yellow plate Mini Van?? Surly as a commercial mini van as it transports people for profit then it should be green if legal?? Or is it a case of some laws for some people and other for other people?? I was always told that for carrying fare paying passengers you need a green plate.

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