Teenager killed, two survive, after motorbike hits tree


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PHUKET: A 14-year-old boy was killed when the motorbike he was riding with two friends sitting behind him hit a tree next to Thepkrasattri Rd just south of the heroines monument last night (October 6).

Maj Niwat Timket of Thalang Police was notified of the accident, near Ruampong Motor Co Ltd on Thepkasattri Rd heading north at Moo 3, Srisoonthorn at 11:55 pm.

Maj Niwat arrived at the scene, just over 500 meters south of the heroines monument, to find the damaged Phuket-registered Honda motorcycle on the road and a large tamarind tree with a heavy impact mark.

On the nearby road was the body of 14-year-old Apinun Sanklong, registered as living in Phuket Town. His body was taken to Thalang Hospital by rescuers from the Muang Mai branch of the Kusoldarm Foundation.

Maj Niwat was informed that before he and other police arrived at the scene, rescuers from Srisoonthorn Municipality took two other teenagers injured in the crash to Thalang hospital.

At the hospital, Maj Niwat identified the two injured teenagers as Montri Muen-In, 14, and Athitaya Rodthong, 12.

After interviewing the two injured, Maj Niwat learned that the three were coming from Phuket Town on the only motorbike, with Apinun at the wheel.

The teens were heading towards the heroines monument at high speed when Apinun lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into the tamarind tree next to the road.

Police made no mention of teenagers attending a vegetarian festival event, although Apinun is dressed in all white in accordance with the tradition of the vegetarian festival.

Maj Niwat that further investigation of the crash would continue once the condition of the two surviving teenagers improved.

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