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Russian killed in motorbike crash on wet road in Kata

Russian killed in motorbike crash on wet road in Kata

PHUKET: Rescue workers are urging motorists to slow down and exercise heightened caution on wet roads as sporadic showers start to soak the island following a Russian being killed in a motorbike crash in Kata early this morning (May 8).

By The Phuket News

Monday 8 May 2023, 11:51AM

A report of the fatal road accident was released by the Ruamjai Kupai Foundation rescue service, whose first-responders were at the scene.

The report was posted on Facebook at 3:30am, but the time of the accident was not specified. The site of the accident was described only as the village of Kata in Tambon Karon on the west coast of Phuket. The Ruamjai Kupai Foundation never discloses the identity of road accident victims.

"Car accident. A tourist from Russia lost control [presumably of a motorcycle], went off the road and crashed into an obstacle in the Kata area. The driver died at the scene of the accident. We ask road users to be careful when driving in the rain," the rescuers said.

Karon Police have yet to comment on the incident, although police officers were present at the scene. So far no official agencies have reported the accident. Of note, the word "tourist" as used in the Ruamjai Kupai post usually denotes a “foreigner”.


From photos of the scene posted online, the accident appears to have occurred on Patak Rd.

The accident is not yet included in the statistics of the Thai Road Safety Committee (ThaiRSC), which so far reports no deaths in road accidents in Phuket today or yesterday (May 7-8).

According to ThaiRSC, In total since the beginning of the year 59 people have died as a result of road accidents in Phuket, which is approximately equal to one death every two days. For the same period in 2022, there had been 36 deaths.

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Jor12 | 09 May 2023 - 10:04:15

JohnC...laws are there for a purpose. If the law is not used, it means there is little or no prospect of success. Quote your evidence that roads do not comply with engineering and legislative requirements?

JohnC | 09 May 2023 - 09:28:01

Jor12. This is NOT a western country where litigation is the norm every time somebody hurts themselves and looks for someone else to blame. Many roads in Thailand ARE substandard. Tendering for the repairs is the most lucrative part of road building in this country. 

Jor12 | 09 May 2023 - 05:49:25

Wilko...if, as you state, "roads in Thailand are substandard"  how many legal cases have been brought against contractual administrators, or subcontractors for such alleged failings? If a road was a factor in a motor accident, one would see litigation in every case.

Wilko | 08 May 2023 - 22:04:42

Road surfaces even on new roads in Thailand are substandard and become very dangerous in the wet.

Kurt | 08 May 2023 - 13:15:02

During a long dry period of time roads top layers are full of rubber and oil residue. Just a little rain only makes the road a deadly trap. Asking for slow driving on 2 wheels, prefereble sober.


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