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Phuket Toll Rises: Swedish Tourist Killed In Head-On Crash

Sunday, February 26, 2012
PHUKET: A Swedish tourist was killed early today when his motorcycle collided head-on with a saloon car in Karon, a west coast Phuket holiday destination.

Phuket police named the dead man as Einar Jan Frederik Bergstrom, 46.

The crash took place in Patak Road - scene of another fatal crash the previous night involving an Australian woman - about 500 metres from the entrance to the Hilton Phuket Arcadia resort and Spa.

He was the second Swedish fatality on Phuket this weekend. A man named as Matthias Andersson died in a fall from a balcony at a Karon resort.

Police said the latest death came when the man was killed instantly while taking a sharp bend, crashing with the car in the centre of the road.

The car went on to strike a parked vehicle. The collision came at 3.10am.

The man's body has been taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket City.

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Driving a motorcycle is just plain dangerous on Phuket (and Thailand as a whole). Taking a tuktuk is insanely expensive and also a constant source of harassments. Driving a car is a problem, because you get nearly no parking at the west coast. Best to stay in your resort. Or visit another destination, if you want to be mobile and expect a decent and adequate public transport that allows you to safely come home after a night out on your holidays.

Posted by Lena on February 26, 2012 16:28

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@ Lena

Spot on. Either stay in one place while on Phuket or don't come at all.

I've been driving motorbikes all my adult life and even had a dealership at one stage but I do not own one here. It's simply way too risky and even if one ignores the traffic issues, road surfaces are incredibly slippery.

Especially if it happens to rain after a long break, the oil brought up to the surface of the bitumen by the heat combined with water is like driving on ice.

This is something that does not happen in temperate climates, thus most tourists are perilously unaware of the inherent danger.

Posted by Steve C. on February 26, 2012 17:25

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R.I.P Fredrik

Posted by edet on February 26, 2012 19:06

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Sorry to the family. Wonder if there was any way to determine who crossed the line.

Posted by Vfaye on February 28, 2012 15:29

Editor Comment:

The Phuket police are assiduous in determining what happened at fatal crash scenes. That's one reason why the road toll has been reduced.

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Fredrik crasched 1.50 am and I was on the scene 1.52 am. R.I.P Fredrik! :(

Posted by Anonymous on March 25, 2012 01:39

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R.I.P I was unfortunate to witness this crash last year. My thoughts go out to his family.

Posted by Graeme on April 12, 2013 22:36


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