478 people were killed and 4,128 injured in a total of 3,919 road accidents during the so-called “seven dangerous days” of the New Year holiday period from December 29, 2016, to January 4, 2017.
In comparison with the same period last year, the number of deaths increased by 25.8%, the number of people injured by 17.8%, and the number of accidents by 16%.
This makes the 2017 New Year road toll the highest in the 10 years that records have been kept. Last year, for example, there were “only” 380 deaths and 3,505 injuries from 3,379 accidents during the :seven dangerous days”.
A young Russian motorcyclist was crushed to death by a tour bus at the Dolphin Roundabout in Naklua at about 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.
According to witnesses quoted by Pattaya One,
Mr Sergei Sugadaev was riding along Naklua Road on the left hand side of a coach (…) when the driver took a sudden and sharp left hand turn into Soi 29/1.
Mr Sugadaev was unable to brake in time and was knocked off and then run over by the rear wheels of the couch.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, by medics, of head injuries (…)
The tour bus driver was arrested and may (or may not) face criminal charges over the tourist’s death.
Speedboats have been temporarily banned from carrying passengers between Pattaya and Ko Larn island after a small vessel carrying 23 Indian tourists sank Thursday afternoon.
The speedboat reportedly sprang a leak on the way back from Ko Sak, a small island near Ko Larn, approx. two kilometres off the coast of North Pattaya, causing the small vessel to submerge within minutes.
Fortunately two other speedboats were passing by at the time of the accident, and all 23 passengers were rescued and safely ferried back to dry land.