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Two men dead after motorbike collision in Pa Khlok

Two men dead after motorbike collision in Pa Khlok

PHUKET: Two men ‒ one 50 years old, the other 74 ‒ have died after a collision at speed between the two motorbikes they were riding on the main road from Pa Khlok to the Heroines Monument earlier today (Apr 19).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 19 April 2022, 04:44PM

The collision was recorded by CCTV. Image: Thalang Police

The collision was recorded by CCTV. Image: Thalang Police

Lt Col Pongpipat Khamchumpoo of the Thalang Police was called to the scene, the U-turn in front of Wat Sopon Wanaram (Wat Pa Khlok) on Route 4027, at 10am.

Police along with Pa Khlok municipal rescue workers and an EMS Unit from Thalang Hospital arrived to find a heavily damaged Phuket-registered Honda Dream motorcycle in the leftmost lane of the westbound side of the road.

Its driver, Somchoke Chaidam, 50, was lying face down in the middle of the road. Mr Somchoke died from his injuries at the scene, Lt Col Pongpipat said.

Halfway across the westbound lanes was a Phuket-registered Honda Wave motorcycle with a sidecar. Its driver, Saengthong Karuna, 74, was critically injured.

Rescue workers administered emergency first aid and rushed Mr Saengthong to Thalang Hospital, where he was pronounced dead,  Lt Col Pongpipat confirmed.


From CCTV footage at the U-turn, police confirmed that Mr Somchoke was driving towards the Heroines Monument at speed when the accident happened.

As Mr Somchoke approached the U-turn, Mr Saengthong, who was initially heading eastwards, began his U-turn from the opposite direction, cutting across the path of Mr Somchoke.

Mr Somchoke was unable to avoid colliding into Mr Saengthong’s sidecar.

The CCTV footage showed Mr Somchoke crashed into Mr Saengthong, then was launched into the air. He landed on the road head first. He was wearing a helmet, but not a full-face safety helmet.

Police have included the CCTV footage as evidence in their investigation into the accident. Police have yet to determine whether any legal action will be pursued, Lt Col Pongpipat said.

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christysweet | 21 April 2022 - 12:11:28

Mr Saenthong did not reach the age of 75 driving a sidecar  by being careless.  He probably  neglected to  double check  the approaching vehicle and so miscalculated its speed. The safer a road is made, the faster people will drive, negating the safety aspects of the improvements. RIP to both. 

BigaAResort | 21 April 2022 - 03:23:31

John C, if you did  arrive on Phuket yesterday you are excous'd otherwise,well ! Police waiting so someone can come foreward with some money (or do you want somebody else come foreward with this qustion) 

Kurt | 20 April 2022 - 10:37:12

Without traffic lights are U-turn locations ( as shown on photo) deadly at 3-4 lane roads, which you may consider to be a speedy 'Highway' in a country were people don't know the meaning of anticipation, but go for: Me-me-me first.

christysweet | 20 April 2022 - 10:30:08

Watch for similar incidents on the Ban-Don/ Thalang road  aka buffalo alley now under construction and so wide as to land a 747 on it This will do nothing to alleviate the kilometer long bottle neck jam at the Thalang lights  which is the real problem. 

JohnC | 20 April 2022 - 09:56:42

I whole heartedly agree that those ridiculous u-turns lanes along the main highway have made it much more dangerous than it ever was before. U-turn lanes are like round-abouts, they only work when people use them correctly otherwise they just create more problems and accidents than they are worth. Chalong Ha Yaek is a perfect example of how badly round-abouts are used to hinder traffic flow.

JohnC | 20 April 2022 - 09:51:30

"Police have yet to determine whether any legal action will be pursued"???!!! Are they serious? Who are they going to pursue? The ghost of the salaeng driver. Unbelievable!!

Kurt | 20 April 2022 - 00:28:54

The funny thing, in this very sad happening, is Police saying: We yet have to determine whether any legal action will be pursued. Typical dumb RTP nonsense, specially out the mouth of a RTP Lt Col.  Both crash persons are dead. Perhaps illegal sidecar motorbike belonged to someone else, than can suck/mediate some pocket money out of that person.  TIP ( This Is Phuket).

christysweet | 19 April 2022 - 20:17:09

More victims of another completely unnecessary road widening that only encourages unsafe speeds. That stretch had lovely old  trees lining the road which were hacked down so people can die, too. 

Fascinated | 19 April 2022 - 20:00:09

Further to below these u-turns are lethal as we have seen. Couple that with these illegal underpowered salengs, which are a daily hazard to all and it literally was a crash waiting to happen. Salengs cause havoc on the roads and should be banned from major highways.

Fascinated | 19 April 2022 - 19:56:59

Widening that road made it one of the most dangerous in Phuket- used as a race loop by some. The 2 km east from Heroines is the worst, with people visiting the shops just abandoning cars in the carriageway or shooting across 3 lanes after foraging without regards for others. The authorities will breathe a sigh of relief that this happened after the ineffective  7 Days of Danger.


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