A collision between a scooter and a motorcycle ended fatally for both riders: one was was identified as a 50-year-old man from Austria.
Officers from the Na Chaliang Provincial Police Station in the Nong Phai district of Phetchabun province were sent to the location of the accident on Sunday afternoon. The crash occurred close to kilometre post 175 on Route 21 leading to Sara Buri province and Phetchabun’s Lom Sak district.
“We found two motorbikes and the two unresponsive riders on the road,” said investigating officer Pol Capt Sarot Maniruet describing the moment police and medics of the Ruam Katanyu Rescue Foundation arrived at the scene. “One of the riders was already dead: the other in a life-threatening condition.”
Police have only released the name Gerhard who was the 50-year-old national riding the orange KTM 1290 Super Duke motorcycle registered in Bangkok under 4 กฮ 9044.
“Mr Gerhard was in a life-threatening condition. Blood was oozing from his mouth, the bones in his left shoulder, left hand and left leg were broken.” Rescue workers provided first aid and rushed him to Nong Phai Hospital. “However,” Pol Capt Sarot said, “I was later told that he had died on the way to the hospital.”
The other man who died in the accident was 68-year-old Mr Rantom. He was driving a red Honda Super Cub, license plate 1 กฌ 8284 Phetchabun. His scooter was lying approximately ten metres from Mr Gerhrad’s motorcycle on the inside lane of that stretch of road.
Police believe that Mr Gerhard, who had been on his way to Pattaya, crashed into Mr Rantom’s scooter while the latter was trying to cross the road on a blind bend. Pol Capt Sarot said the two bikes had collided head-on at a dangerous point in a bend where the locals like to cross the central reservation to get to the other side. The case is still under investigation.
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