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, who had arrived before the police, said the deadly 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 as written in a short report published by one of the volunteers.
British Philip Peter Loates> from the city of Witham was riding his white Yamaha Fino when he suddenly collided with a 10-wheeler truck. The crash was so severe that the 26-year-old Mr Loates flung from the motorbike which then hurled against his head and buried him underneath the wrecked vehicle.
The accident had caused life-threatening injuries to Mr Loates head, cracking open his skull and destroyed the right side of his face. The massive loss of blood caused Mr Loates to bleed to death even before rescuers could arrive at the location.
The driver of the truck was not mentioned in the report but had asked volunteers not to take photos the truck.
According to Mr Loates’ two Facebook profiles (#1, #2>), he was employed in June 2015 by the NAVA School of English, a private school in Chiang Mai for children where he gave English lessons. Mr Loates had come to Thailand in spring 2015 and moved to Chiang Mai in March the following year.
Foundation volunteers transported the body to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital for a thorough medical examination. The British Embassy in Bangkok “is aware of the death of a British man in Chiang Mai” and is assisting Mr Loates’ relatives during the repatriation process.
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