PHUKET: A 32-year-old British woman has died from neck and head injuries sustained in a traffic accident that took place this morning on the notorious Patong Hill.
At 11.30am Kathu police were alerted by Kusoldham Patong rescue workers that a foreign woman with a broken neck had been transported to Patong Hospital.
The accident, which involved a pickup truck ramming into a motorbike, occurred along Phra Baramee Rd, near the entrance to Soi Kuan Yang on the descent into Patong city.
When officers arrived to the scene they found a black Toyota Vigos pickup truck with Phuket plates parked on the side of the road, with slight damage to its bumper.
On the ground next to the pickup was a smashed red and white Honda Wave motorbike with Nakhon Pathom plates.
A witness told police that there were two women on the motorbike, who’d just left a nearby Family Mart on the opposite side of the road, and had attempted to make a U-turn, to head back in the direction of Patong when they were finally rammed by the pickup truck from behind.
The force of the collision reportedly caused the motorbike to lose control and the pillion passenger to come flying off and smash her head on the pavement.
A crash helmet was photographed next to the lifeless body of the victim while awaiting an ambulance.
The victim was pronounced dead shortly after arriving to Patong Hospital.
Police have yet to disclose the identities of the drivers of the pickup truck and motorbike, and have yet to appoint blaim.
UPDATE: Police have named the deceased as a 32-year-old English woman; the driver of the motorbike named as a 55-year-old Englishg woman and the driver of the pickup truck a 22-year-old man.
The Phuket News is withholding the name of the victim until it can be confirmed that her family have been notified.