PHUKET: A Phuket man riding a motorbike at high speed died instantly, after he crashed into the back of a 10-wheeled truck last night.

The accident, near Baan Mak Prok in Thalang, took place near a u-turn on Thepkrasattri Road at about 9.30pm, Lt Thanom Thongpan of the Tah Chat Chai Police told the Phuket Gazette.

“According to witnesses, 37-year-old Ko Talaeluek was travelling at high speed and didn’t appear to see the slower-moving truck until the last second,” said Lt Thanom.

“He braked, but lost control of the bike and crashed into the back right-hand side of the truck.”

Mr Ko was not wearing a helmet when he crashed.

The truck driver, Sien Puaksaard, 67, said that he was unaware of what was happening until he heard a loud noise.

“I pulled over to the side of the road and walked round to the rear of the truck, where I saw a man lying next to a motorbike on the road – the man was not moving,” said Mr Sien.

Police said that they would question Mr Sien further, but no charges would be brought against him.

“Mr Ko’s body was taken to Thalang Hospital,” said Lt Thanom.

— Thawit Bilabdullar