79-year-old man dies after his motorcycle is hit head-on by an 18-wheel truck

PHUKET: A 79-year-old man has died after the motorcycle he was riding was hit head-on by an 18-wheeler truck and trailer on Thepkrasattri Rd in Srisoonthorn yesterday (June 22).

Lt. Chanita Boonyanuwat of Thalang Police was called to the scene, the northbound lanes of Thepkrasattri Rd about 30 meters south of the PTT gas station at Baan Lipon, Moo 1, Srisoonthorn at 12:40 p.m.

Police arrived with rescuers from Kusoldharm to find the body of Prasong Saejiw, 79, a resident of Cherng Talay, on the road next to his black and white Honda Wave motorcycle.

Mr. Prasong suffered fatal injuries to his head and chest, and his legs were seriously injured. Her body was taken to Thalang Hospital.

The truck and its driver were not at the scene when police arrived, Lt. Chanita reported.

A witness at the scene told police that Mr. Prasong left a SuperCheap store at the entrance to the Ua-Athorn government housing estate, heading south. He had apparently lost control of his motorcycle and crossed the tracks leading to the median.

Mr. Prasong continued through the central reserve and onto the northbound lanes, where the driver of the 18-wheeler truck and trailer, registered in Kanchanaburi, could not avoid hitting him.

Lt. Chanita confirmed that while questioning witnesses, the driver of the truck, Apirom Inthong, showed up at Thalang Police Station.

Lt. Chanita explained that police will check CCTV footage of the road before determining whether Mr. Apirom will face charges.

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