KHON KAEN: A young man was caught by the neck and yanked off his moving motorcycle by a low-hanging overhead cable in Muang district on Monday afternoon.
The motorcyclist, who was wearing a full face helmet, recovered, regathered his damaged bike and later rode off, but a video of the incident went viral in this northeastern province.
The video was taken from a security camera at a car repair shop on Ban Kok Road in tambon Ban Ped. It showed the motorcyclist being caught across the neck by a loose communications cable and falling heavily onto the ground as his bike toppled and slid along the road about 2pm on Monday.
Local vendors Thanawan Phothapassa and Wilailak Raksaban said that fortunately the motorcyclist was not speeding. He got up and showed a red mark across his neck, but a moment later rode his motorcycle away.
His name was not known.
The two said it was not the first time an accident like this had happened, but those responsible for the cables never bothered to fix them.
Surachai Panmuang, who works in the car repair shop, said loose cables often fell across the road at that spot. His employer had filed a complaint with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, but nothing was ever done about it.
Local people had tried to raise up the low hanging cables, but they would just drop down again. On Monday, a passing truck had snagged and pulled down the cable just before the unfortunate motorcyclist arrived, he said.
The motorcyclist involved in Monday's incident had not filed a complaint with local police.