A foreign national was hit and killed by a bus this morning near Bangkok’s Khaosan Road tourist area in what was described as a suspected suicide.
At about 9am, Chana Songkram police received a report regarding a fatal road accident next to Bowonniwet Vihara temple in the capital’s Phra Nakhon district.
Officials showing up at the scene found a Caucasian male, believed to be in his 30s, lying face down and motionless on the street behind an air-conditioned No. 516 bus, reported The Nation.
The victim — dressed in a tank top, shorts and flip flops — reportedly had no identification and was carrying about €200 (about THB7,000) in cash on him.
Witnesses saw the man repeatedly cross the street several times this morning before the incident, said Pol. Captain Rattakarn Thongthai, deputy inspector of Chana Songkram Police Station.
A number of cars managed to avoid the foreigner or brake their cars in time, he said, before the man allegedly ran into the middle of the street and laid down in the bus’s path.
Unable to stop in time, the bus’ back wheel ran over the man’s body and dragged him for a few seconds before the driver could bring the vehicle to a stop.
Investigators are currently questioning the driver and witnesses.