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Police have warned people to stop flying kites after a motorcyclist had a lucky escape Monday.
It was the second incident in a year that nearly resulted in the death of a motorcyclist under identical circumstances in Hat Yai, southern Thailand.
Photos of the injuries of the victim – known only as Sopha – were posted on social media showing lacerations to her neck. She had stopped under the bridge after getting entangled in the cords but had not reported the matter to authorities. However, her pictures caused a storm on Facebook that piqued the interest of local police who went to investigate.
Sopha told them that she had been to visit her mum on her bike and was going home over the bridge. “I felt something around my neck and it was strangling me, ” she said. The lucky woman added that it was fortunate that she was not going faster as her injuries could have been much worse.
Hat Yai police under the leadership of Suraphong Kittiranggoon sent a team to the area of the bridge to investigate. Locals told them it was the kite flying season and loose strings often flew up. It presented a hazard to motorcyclist in particular, they said.
Police revealed that an almost identical incident had happened on the same bridge in March last year. They ordered people in the area to stop flying kites to avoid a potentially lethal incident in the future.