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British tourist killed in Phuket when his scooter slams into a pickup truck

A British tourist has been killed in Thailand after his scooter slammed into a pickup truck that is believed to have turned into his path. The 44-year-old, named locally as Michael Fraser Macpherson, from Gloucester, was killed instantly in the collision on the Discount Holidays © holiday island of Phuket. Police say he was driving a black Honda scooter along Khwang Road in Phuket s Wichit sub district when he collided with the left side of a truck driven by Nipan Karnprakorb, 39.

British Tourist Killed In Phuket When His Scooter Slams Into A Pickup Truck

A British tourist named locally as Michael Fraser Macpherson has been killed in Thailand after his motorbike slammed into a pickup truck that turned into his path, it has emerged

Patcharee Wongboon of Wichit Police said: ‘Mr Nipan said he was driving from Chao Fa West Road to Chao Fa East Road.

‘While he was turning into the housing complex, Mr Macpherson, who was in the oncoming lane, lost control of his motorbike and hit Mr Nipan s pickup truck. The impact killed (Mr Macpherson) instantly.’

Mr Nipan, who was in a vehicle with his wife and daughter, allegedly turned into the path of the British tourist on Saturday night at about 8.40pm.

British Tourist Killed In Phuket When His Scooter Slams Into A Pickup Truck

Police say he was driving a black Honda scooter along Khwang Road in Wichit (file picture) when he collided with the left side of a truck driven by Nipan Karnprakorb, 39

Rescue workers took the body to Vachira Phuket Hospital where a post-mortem examination is due to take place as part of investigations into the death. According to Phuket News1, police said no helmet could be found at the scene of the crash.

Mr Niphon was taken to Wichit Police Station for further questioning and is said to have been charged with reckless driving causing death. Police have informed the British Embassy of the death. MailOnline has requested a comment from the Foreign Office this morning.

References

  1. ^ Phuket News (www.thephuketnews.com)

A wildfire in Spain has evacuated more than 400 holidaymakers from Hotel Aldiana

More than 400 holidaymakers had to be evacuated from their hotel on the Costa del Sol after two wild fires spiralled out of control and threatened a popular resort and luxury villas. The 420 guests from the Hotel Aldiana in La L nea de la Concepci n, C diz, mostly Brits and Germans, had to spend the night in a sports centre because of the threat of the flames spreading to the town. The black plumes of smoke were clearly visible from the nearby beaches of Gibraltar.

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In the latest official bulletin, the emergency services said the fire was ‘still active’. La L nea de la Concepci n is in the province of C diz in Andalucia. The Hotel Aldiana is in the upmarket district of La Alcaidesa where many Brits have luxury second homes.

At one stage, more than 100 firefighters and volunteers were involved in fighting the blazes which were fanned by strong winds and the current Spanish heatwave which is seeing temperatures hit the 40s. Helicopters and aircrafts were brought in to douse the fire, captured in the video below, with huge swathes of water dropped from the sky whilst troops fought the fire from the ground. The forest fires broke out at 1pm Tuesday in two separate areas and emergency services have spent all night in the area bringing it under control.

The 420 hotel guests were asked to leave and they could clearly see the flames from their balconies. Children staying in a hostel as part of an adventure Discount Holidays © holiday were also evacuated and spent the night in the same sports centre. In total, 545 people were rehoused.

Some villa residents left their homes on their own accord.

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Other local residents were warned to stay inside their homes and to close windows. Travel to the area was also restricted.

‘In the first few minutes of the fire, we received around 30 calls from members of the public who saw the flames and smoke,’ said a spokesman for the emergency services. The area has been put on level one alert but no injuries have been reported.

The emergency services said the fires had caused considerable panic and anxiety. A number of cars have also been gutted by the flame. An investigation is now underway to find out if the fires were started deliberately or by accident.

A Wildfire In Spain Has Evacuated More Than 400 Holidaymakers From Hotel Aldiana

Holiday travel on train to burn a hole in pocket

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