A British pensioner and his partner have died in a horrific head-on collision in Thailand.
The 78-year-old Warwickshire man was driving with his partner, 27, when they were maneuvered from behind and pushed into oncoming traffic – police say they were both killed.
Harrowing CCTV footage showed the two men driving a white Toyota Yaris slowing to turn right down a side street before being passed by a silver Honda CRV.
The collision pushed the men squarely into the lane of an oncoming black Isuzu 4×4 pickup truck.
With little time to react, the vehicle crashed into the small Toyota at 4:30pm yesterday, crushing it and killing both passengers.
The other drivers involved in the accident were not seriously injured.
The incident took place in Sawang Wirawong District, about eight hours northeast of the capital Bangkok, Thailand.
Local police lieutenant colonel Ronnapong Chorsai said: “We are in the process of collecting evidence to bring charges against the people involved who drove recklessly and caused the collisions and deaths.”
Paramedics said the wreckage of the small car had to be cut open to reach the Warwickshire man, who was crushed in the metal.
They said he sustained catastrophic injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
His partner was taken to the hospital, where he later died from his severe injuries.
Heartbroken friends paid tribute to the beloved Brit, who has worked as a school teacher in the north east of the country after leaving England a few years ago.
Thong Supachai, a friend of the couple, said: “Keith was loved by everyone.
“He was so much fun and he was always upbeat and making people laugh.
“He was also very caring and helped the children a lot at school.
“He enjoyed teaching them and they liked him because he was funny – I’m so sad.”
The fatal incident followed a collision at the same spot between a truck and a school bus that killed one person just a week earlier.
Thailand has one of the worst road safety records in the world.
According to research by the World Health Organization, at least 20,000 people die on Thailand’s roads every year, making them the ninth most dangerous in the world.
It is caused by a lack of road safety education in schools, simple driving tests and failures by the police to enforce road traffic laws.
To counter the poor track record, the government has 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/6903729/brit-oap-and-partner-killed-in-thailand/ OAP, 78, and his partner, 27, were killed in a horror crash in Thailand after a car pushed them in the path of an oncoming 4×4