Philip Peter Loates
A 26-year-old English teacher was killed in Chiang Mai during a high-speed collision between his scooter and a 10-wheel truck on Highway 1317.
Volunteers of the Chaisatan Rescue Foundation received the emergency call at 14:59 through the official emergency hotline 1669. Two pickups and an ambulance were sent to the scene of the accident.
Rescue workers arriving ahead of the police said the fatal road accident took place on the road connecting the two Chiang Mai subdistricts Mueang Chiang Mai and Mae On, or Highway 1317. The crash itself had happened in the Chai Sathan subdistrict near the Ban Yuam Police Booth according to a short report published by one of the volunteers.
In it, he states that Philip Peter Loates,> British, from the city of Witham in Essex, was riding his white Yamaha Fino when he collided with the 10-wheeler truck. The crash was so severe that the 26-year-old Mr Loates was hurled from his bike, bounced his head on the lorry and finally ended up underneath it.
Mr Loates sustained an injury to his skull which buckled the right side of his face causing massive blood loss. He died at the scene.
The distressed driver of the truck was not mentioned in the report. Apparently, he had asked volunteers not to take photos of his truck.
According to Mr Loates’s two Facebook profiles (#1, #2>), he had been employed by the NAVA School of English, a private school in Chiang Mai for children since 2015. Mr Loates arrived in Thailand in spring 2015 and moved to Chiang Mai in March the following year.
Foundation volunteers transported the victim’s body to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital for autopsy. Police confirmed that the British Embassy in Bangkok had been informed of the death and that they were assisting Mr Loates’ relatives who wished to repatriate his body.
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