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Motorcyclist dies in flames reminding everyone of the peril of "green lights" in Thailand


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Sanook Thai Caption: Explosion during collision

 

A horrendous accident in the north east of Thailand caught on video should serve as a warning to people to be especially careful going through green lights in Thailand, suggests ASEAN NOW.

 

The dash cam footage - posted on the page of Pompam Transport on Facebook - comes with a viewer discretion advisory.

 

The footage shows a motorcyclist in a helmet waiting patiently at the Chiang Yeun interestion in Mahasarakham.

 

The dash cam vehicle appears to give him a quick tap on the horn to remind him that the lights are green. But he fails to look right.

 

He is instantly hit by an ambulance from Kalasin going through the red light.

 

There is a large explosion.

 

The shocked car driver can only say he must be dead as he proceeds forward. 

 

Sanook reported that Channel 3 said the man was a 60 year old. He died in hospital.

 

He had just been to buy gasoline for a lawn mower and that exploding caused the fire.

 

Police confirmed that the ambulance had gone through a red light. 

 

ASEAN NOW advises all motorists to never proceed in Thailand when you have a green light. Always look in multiple directions for red light infringements by other motorists first.

 

That could save your life, especially on a motorcycle. 

 

We reported this week that more than 80% of road fatalities on the Thai roads are on two wheels. 

 

It is thought that around 20,000 motorcyclists die annually on the roads in Thailand. 

 

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8 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

The Perils for 'Green lights’ ???.....   don’t they mean the perils of <deleted> going through red lights ????

 

 

 

There's the humdinger - a tragic mistake, but one I see so often in Thailand. 

Motorcyclists (and drivers) simply not looking when they pull across a junction or even when pulling out of a soi.

 

 

Somewhat ironic....  the ambulance driver must surely know better than screaming through a red-light... how many traffic incidents will he have attended from exactly the same cause ??? did he not learn a thing ?

It is not unknown for an ambulance to go through a red light, usually though it is in the case of every second counting in the patients life and accompanied by police at least in the UK they are.

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55 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

the ambulance driver must surely know better than screaming through a red-light...

Absolutely.

Part of training for alarm rides in other countries. Through red lights with extreme care. Similar for violating other traffic rules.

 

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5 minutes ago, billd766 said:

most of the ambulances run with their emergency lights on

Part of the problem.

They always drive with emergency lights on no matter how urgent the transport is.

That leads to ignorance and blunting by other drivers.

 

Once I followed an ambulance with emergency lights on over 20 km on the outer lane with 80 km/h (90 allowed).

Very relaxing :biggrin:

 

 

 

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41 minutes ago, Dmaxdan said:

If they really want to get the message across then this is the sort of video they should be showing when you renew your license.

When I renewed my license and they put on the video everyone promptly put their head on folded arms and went to sleep as soon as the administrator left the room.

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25 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

Part of the problem.

They always drive with emergency lights on no matter how urgent the transport is.

That leads to ignorance and blunting by other drivers.

 

Once I followed an ambulance with emergency lights on over 20 km on the outer lane with 80 km/h (90 allowed).

Very relaxing :biggrin:

 

I was once in a pickup w/ camper when an emergency call came in.  We hit the road going between 80 and 90 MPH in a 55 zone, hazard lights flashing, back toward the hospital.  Whizzed right past a cop car--who did not hinder us, fortunately.  The police knew who we were.  Got there barely in time to save the guy's life -- a railroad worker who'd gotten caught between two cars and crushed to within a quarter-inch of his life. 

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After living in Thailand for over twenty years I am still amazed at the stupidity and carelessness of Thai motorbike drivers. And now this, carrying a container of gas on an open motorbike and then it explodes when hit. Unbelievable, but this is Thailand.

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2 hours ago, Photoguy21 said:

It is not unknown for an ambulance to go through a red light, usually though it is in the case of every second counting in the patients life and accompanied by police at least in the UK they are.

Its not common for Ambulances, Fire Engines and Police cars to speed through junctions blindly with flagrant disregard for safety.

 

Emergency service can pass through Red Traffic lights when its safe to do so, they have to do so with caution and are responsible for any incident caused.

 

That said, in countries like the UK, this is still the cause of some accidents though.

 

 

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Tragic accident,  no one to blame,  driver behind pipped his horn, lights were on green,  not his fault,  ambulance can and always will go through red lights,  it could have been a emergency,  though it should have had sirens blaring,  the cyclist was in the wrong place at the wrong time,   but this is Thailand,  always proceed with caution,  RIP.  Tragic. 

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1 hour ago, smedly said:

common sense would tell most people to slow down when going through a red light and proceed with extreme caution

 

There is nothing new in this story - there is severe lack of common sense generally on Thai roads, I almost wish this had been 10t truck and not a motorbike.

 

Although the advice given in the OP is sound, what should also be happening is mandatory training for all emergency vehicle drivers teaching them how to safely negotiate a red light or any road junction

 

RIP

"mandatory training for all emergency vehicle drivers"??!!

Who would teach them? Is there one person in the whole country with the correct knowledge and skill.

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1 hour ago, Denim said:

When I renewed my license and they put on the video everyone promptly put their head on folded arms and went to sleep as soon as the administrator left the room.

Yea. Same everytime iv'e been there too mate.

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