One British man dead, second seriously injured after motorbike collision with a garbage truck on Samui Island


Samui Island –

A British man died while another British man has sustained serious injuries after their motorbike collided with a garbage truck on Samui Island.

Emergency responders were notified of the accident at 1:00 A.M. today (September 1st) at the entrance of the Koh Samui District Prison.

The rescue workers arrived at the scene to find a damaged motorbike near a garbage truck owned by the Koh Samui Municipality. Under the motorbike seat rescue staff stated they found cans and bottles of beer.

The 36 year-old British man, the motorbike passenger, was later pronounced dead at the scene (The Phuket Express is withholding his name pending embassy and family notification). The other British man, who was the motorbike driver, aged around 30, had sustained serious injuries. He was taken to a local hospital for emergency assistance.

The deceased man was reportedly a Pattaya resident and businessman.

The garbage truck driver, Mr. Attaphon Wichean, 42, was waiting at the scene and told the Phuket Express, “I was turning in to a side road before I heard the crash. I’m not sure what exactly happened.”

Attaphon was not injured. There were no other direct witnesses to the accident. CCTV however did capture the incident and was shared on social media. As the footage could disturb some viewers, however, it will not be shared in this report.

Koh Samui police are continuing their investigation for further potential legal action and plan to interview the injured man when he recovers from his accident. As of press time he remained in a hospital in serious condition.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.