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Two killed as pickup hits two ‘saleng’ head-on

Two killed as pickup hits two ‘saleng’ head-on

PHUKET: Two people have died after a Ford Ranger pickup slammed into the motorbikes with sidecars they were driving on the Muang Mai-Pa Khlok Rd yesterday (Nov 30).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 1 December 2022, 10:38AM

Capt Kornphoomphot Pongpaiboon of the Thalang Police said officers were informed of the accident, in Moo 9, Thepkrasattri, at 1:49pm.

Police along with rescue workers from Pa Khlok Municipality and Phuket Kusoldharm Foundation arrived at the scene to find a grey Ford Ranger pickup truck with heavy damage to its front.

At the side of the road were two motorbikes with sidecars (saleng). One had been destroyed by the impact.

The driver of one of the saleng, Somyot Sawasdee, 55, a resident of Moo 9, Pa Klok, was dead at the scene

The driver of the other saleng, Anuwat Aramrakseri, had suffered critical injuries. Mr Anuwat was rushed to Thalang Hospital, but later pronounced dead.

The driver of the Ford Ranger pickup, Thotsawan Bunyanit, 33, a resident of Phuket Town, told police he was driving from Baan Muang Mai to Pa Klok when the accident happened.

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He was heading downhill when he realised that two saleng were driving toward him side by side on his side of the road.

It appeared that one of the saleng was trying to overtake the other while both were driving up the hill on the wrong side of the road, Mr  Thotsawan said.

By the time he realised what was happening he was unable to avoid the collision, Mr  Thotsawan added.

Police seized all three vehicles as evidence. 

Officers are continuing their investigation, and noted that they will review the dashcam footage from the Ford Ranger before proceeding with any legal action.

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Pooliekev | 02 December 2022 - 15:19:38

@JohnC. So you would outlaw all those who use them to support their main business? All in the name of faster traffic? Short sighted. 

JohnC | 02 December 2022 - 10:16:26

Salengs are one of the most dangerous vehicles on Phuket's roads. Often so ridiculously overloaded with people or produce intended for sale that they can barely move and consequently hold up all traffic to no end. A quick internet search: [There is no law allowing sidecars or bike trailers in Thailand. They are kind of illegal.] Kind of TIT. 


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