A BRIT tourist was killed and a second seriously injured when his motorbike crashed into a garbage truck on a Thai island.
A 36-year-old and his 30-year-old pal are believed to have been drinking at a local bar on Koh Samui before attempting to drive back to their hotel in the early hours of Thursday morning.
They are believed to have plowed their white Honda scooter into the rear of the bright yellow garbage truck as they attempted to overtake the vehicle as they turned down a dark narrow road around 1am local time.
Police and paramedics arrived at the scene and administered CPR for about 10 minutes to the 36-year-old, who had been in the passenger seat as a passenger. Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead and found with a broken neck and severe head wounds.
The other tourist was taken to Koh Samui Hospital for treatment.
Officers said several beer cans were found in the under-seat storage compartment of the motorcycle and they will question the survivor once he is stable.
Garbage truck driver Atthaphon Wichien, 42, said he called emergency services after hearing the two men crash into the back of the industrial waste truck.
He said: “At the time of the incident, my crew and I went out to collect garbage on Chaweng Beach and went to the garbage disposal facility.
“Suddenly there was a loud noise from the rear wheel when turning.
“So we parked and went downstairs to check. I saw a motorcycle crashed and found two tourists injured. I immediately called the police and informed them of what happened. I am very sorry.”
Officers said they found cans and bottles of alcoholic beverages under the motorcycle’s seat.
Police believe the tourist may have been drinking at nearby bars before returning to his accommodation.
Lt. Col. Chatchavil Nakmousik said: “Upon initial investigation, we found that the two vehicles were traveling in the same direction. The garbage truck was in front.”
He said the 36-year-old victim was the passenger.
“The driver tried to overtake the garbage truck but couldn’t, resulting in a collision. We will summon the truck driver and also the injured tourist for questioning. We will also review CCTV,” he added.
The Sun Online has reached out to the Foreign, Development and Commonwealth Office for comment.
Thailand has one of the worst road safety records in the world, with dozens of tourists and expats killed on its roads every year.
In June, Canadian Christian missionary Marine Scott, 49, was killed instantly after being hit by a pick-up truck while cycling in Kanchanaburi.
Ministers have set a target of reducing deaths from 32.7 deaths per 100,000 people to 12 per 100,000 people by 2027.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6124713/brit-tourist-killed-crash-bin-lorry-thailand/ British tourist, 36, killed and another seriously injured after a scooter crashed into a garbage truck on the Thai island