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Two dead as foreigner on powerful bike hits local in Phetchabun

 

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Picture: Thai Rath

 

PHETCHABUN: -- A foreigner on big bike heading to Pattaya was Killed along with a 68 year old local man on a bend in Phetchabun yesterday.

 

The two bikes collided in an area on a bend where the locals like to cross the central reservation to get to the other side,  reported Thai Rath.

 

Police from the Na Chiang station and Ruam Kathanyu medics attended the scene.

 

Dead at the scene was 68 year old local man named only as Ranthom.

 

Severely injured at the scene and unconscious with multiple fractures and head injuries was a 50 year old foreigner named as Mr Gerhard.

 

He was taken to Nong Phai hospital but died from his injuries.

 

Police at the scene found two bikes, a red Super Cub and a KTM 1,290 cc Superduke.

 

The big bike had severe damage to the front.

 

They were almost 100 meters from the area of impact. Police said it was likely that the foreigner hit the local man who was crossing the road on a blind spot on the bend.

 

Source: Thai Rath

 
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Note- Thai media reported the foreigner is Australian but a report from the German media said he is Austrian.

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Front end damage on the KTM and side damage on the Cub, indeed suggests the old fella was crossing to get to the other side of the central reservation and probably didn't look at what was coming too well. The KTM must have been seriously traveling though, for the bikes to come to rest 100 meters down the road. RIP to both.

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Name was Gerhard and was Austrian not Australian...RIP


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Most unfortunate accident, with powerful bikes, the skills of the rider

to control the machine comes to play vividly, many, who has no experience

in riding super bikes are oblivious to that, not saying that this is the case

here, but it's known to happened frequently in places where you can hire

any bike you want, regardless whether you can ride it or not....

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This is Route 21, a dual carriage road well  maintained. The town is actually called Na Chaliang, there is bend as you approach the town from the north just before you reach the towns traffic lights. I am usually reducing speed as I approach this bend. RIP to both involved. 

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The factors that caused this could be controlled somewhat.

Speed kills.  There is no way around that fact.

Crossing a lane of traffic at a blind or limited view bend.

 

There is a time and place for going fast. BUT, for the life of me I do not understand why people go so damn fast in congested (people/animals/other bikes) areas, places where high speed is not reasonable, places with very limited forward visibility (hills/corners), poor road conditions.  

 

Daily, nightly I hear sport bikes ripping through the gears from traffic light to traffic light at high speed on a narrow, congested section of road full of small sois, businesses, parking lot exits and bends in the road.  

 

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Looks like the old guy made an illegal crossover. The poor guy on the fast bike could have gone slower but the guy doing the illegal crossing was wrong. I hate it when people go against the flow of traffic.. do U turns the other way around and just cross roads where they cant cross roads.

 

Just crazy of locals crossing on a spot like that just to save a bit of money on fuel. We got a spot like that here too.. if they use the normal U turn it would be just 200 meter further up.. but that would mean an extra 400 meter.. and no that is too much so going against traffic is a better option.

 

I learn to adapt.. but its quite unsafe.

 

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Had the exact same accident happen to a friend of mine. The old guy didn't look left or right and just crossed the road. This was on the way out of Pattaya where the technical university is I believe. Long straight road where cars are traveling around 100km/h on average. Both of them survived with minor injuries. My friend was maybe speeding a bit, I would guess 100-120km/h and hit the old guy right into the side (on his leg) and both flew metres away from their bikes. Don't know if it was 50 or 100 metres but it was a good distance, judging by the pictures. 

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Damn  some ignorant foreigners when they just think the world is a perfect place.   hey stranger behave your self

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Big bike riding over here is a constant risk

riding to conditions and surroundings 

is a constant up dating mechanism of where you are ,who is near by, whats going on behind you,  

 

what is the road doing? when is some one coming out from the left ?,or  the right ,? on the wrong side of the road, ?

So many things to take you out when  riding here, 

Speed and reaction time to adjust to a dangerous situation,

 

R.I.P

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Farang hunter said:

Damn  some ignorant foreigners when they just think the world is a perfect place.   hey stranger behave your self

It was an accident with both victims playing there part. 

 

The guy on the bike may have been going to fast but your blame game post is unnecessary. 

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how many times have you seen bike riders just without looking pullout into traffic or take the easiest way from point A to point B..go against traffic and have no idea on road rules ...I just shake my head when travelling in Bangkok...is easy to understand why the death rate for bike riders is so high and there is nothing done to curb it ..police do nothing and either does the government ...

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RiP to both and it looks like both contributed but I know of many, many places people cross dangerous roads because Thailand does not build many bridges outside of BKK

 

I have found the propensity of having two-way U-Turns to be particularly dangerous when they could be one way only I'd say likely the bike was simply going too fast so it's 75/25 and that old man has probably been crossing like that for years just like everyone else

 

Personally I ride a small scooter fpr the very reason thats it's dangerous here so why take the risk? 

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RIP.... long rides ahead...

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