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Irish pensioner hit and killed by train in Pranburi after taking shortcut home

A 73 year old Irish pensioner was killed on railway tracks in Pranburi after taking a shortcut home on his motorcycle.

irish-pensioner-killed-thailandThe crossing was a makeshift one constructed by locals with cement to enable bikes to be able to traverse the tracks. The driver said that he saw the man fallen over with his bike and sounded the horn but was unable to stop, reported Manager Online.

Dead at the scene in a ditch was the shattered body of Philip Andrew Foley. A large crowd on the Thonburi – Prajuab free express gathered to look at the destruction after the train managed to stop further down the line.

Mr Foley’s red Honda PCX motorbike was in bits all along the track.

The accident happened on Friday night.

Police understood that the deceased had been with foreign friends at the Ban Banjaphas housing estate some three kilometers from the scene of the accident. He was taking a short cut on his way home.

The driver of the train said that he saw the victim 200 meters in the distance trying to cross the tracks on his motorcycle. He fell on the tracks at the spot that was about 3kms from the Wang Pong station.

The driver said he sounded his horn many times but the man did not get out of the way. He was unable to stop the train and hit him.

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