Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (14 March 2022)
Five, maybe more passengers, were killed and some 30 injured in a double decker bus that crashed into an overpass pillar at Saraburi on the motorway. En route for the capital from Roi Et, Police believe the driver fell asleep at the wheel. He vehemently denies that and claims a tyre burst. Forensic teams will soon establish whether that’s true, but with many in critical condition the death toll may, sadly, rise.
Charges are set to be leveled against the executive of a large publicly listed corporation after his Porsche struck a Pakistani motorcyclist, killing him on a Bangkok bridge at the weekend. The 1AM crash saw the car only able to stop some 150 metres past the mangled bike. The rider was hospitalized but died and the Porsche driver is said to have received injuries after his head struck his steering wheel. Police report that the driver reported himself to the police and admitted that he had driven without care, changing lanes at the time of the crash. With blood test results awaited, the 29 year old is said to be an unlikely flight risk as he holds a top executive position at the company in which his family have a huge investment.
Several private schools and colleges are, according to reports, on the brink of going broke. The 2 years of Covid-19, followed by the recent drop out of Russian expat children means that pupil numbers in some schools aren’t sufficient to cover the bills.
A shortage of maize, not sweet corn but the type used as cattle feed, is, according to farmers, in short supply. A standard ingredient for cattle food, prices appear to be rising which, in turn, will affect shop prices for consumers. With no good reason for the shortage, the government has ordered an investigation to establish whether it is being hoarded by suppliers or growers to boost profit.
Resorts in the South of Thailand that had been welcoming Russian and Ukrainian customers have, we are told, lowered prices to make them more affordable to stranded tourists here. An estimated 3000 people are reported to be stranded on Phuket and the neighbouring areas. With many looking to move to cheaper accommodation, resorts will have extra vacancies but for the tourists , holidays have turned to unexpected nightmares, with no access to money from their home country in any form.
Diesel prices will remain capped at 30 baht maximum prices at the pumps until at least end of May, according to the energy ministry, which has agreed to extend subsidies until then but with the note that by then the 40 Billion baht program will either need a boost or come to an end. Petrol continues to rise as it is NOT capped and the cost of LPG is predicted to see a hike too, however, for those on low incomes, the state is mooting the idea of a discount for those who hold State Welfare cards to make travel and living affordable for them.
Weekend strange news includes the sorry tale of a brother shooting and killing his sister in the leg after a row about their mothers care, seeing her develop covid. Charged with murder, the errant son told that he had long held grudges against his sister, whom he shot 8 times.
A Chonburi family, having carried out the funeral rituals for their father, will have to do it all over again, this after a mix up at the hospital saw them told that their father had died, and the body duly supplied sealed, as is standard for covid, and funeral ready. With the funeral completed, it turns out that Dad wasn’t actually dead at that time, but an admin error saw two patients mismatched to records. As they begin, again, funeral rites so another family has to make do with the urn of ashes, which has duly been handed over. Hospital authorities have undertaken to carry out a full investigation and no doubt will compensate for the funeral costs at the very least. Their excuse appears to be that Covid has seen their caseloads triple.
In Nakhon Ratchasima, a man using a map app to get to his destination, found himself, his pickup and 4 passengers…. in a canal. All were able to get out of the half sunken vehicle and the driver told police that as they were on their way home from a family get together and unfamiliar with the roads. He had relied on the app which led him to drive…. straight into the canal.
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