Brit businessman, 60, dies in 65ft fall from Bangkok motorway flyover after coronavirus decimated his business
A BRITISH businessman died after falling 65 feet from a Bangkok motorway flyover after the coronavirus pandemic reportedly decimated his business.
The 60-year-old is understood to have parked his silver pickup truck on the flyover before falling to his death at about 7am local time this morning.
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A street vendor said they "heard a thud" and then saw the man on the road as vehicles swerved to avoid him.
Police cordoned off the area and the businessman was sadly pronounced dead at the scene after suffering multiple injuries.
The Brit's Thai wife reportedly told police her husband was stressed because his business was suffering financially amid the global pandemic.
It is understood the wife said her husband did not have any other illnesses at the time but was stressed over his struggling business.
Police found the businessman's car parked on the flyover above where his body was found.
They were initially worried he had coronavirus and waited for staff in hazmat suits to arrive and test the body.
The government of Thailand has ordered all non-essential businesses to close, halted all incoming passenger flights, put a curfew in place and banned travel between many regions.
Suraphan Rummapor, a street vendor who heard the man fall, said: "There was a loud sound that I thought was a heavy object. When I looked to see what had happened there was actually a body."
Paramedics took the man's body to the Police General Hospital’s Forensic Institute for a post-mortem examination.
Police Major Kullanan Chantud, Deputy Governor of Expressway Traffic Control Station 2, said: "We were informed at 7:30am that a foreigner had died on the Srirat expressway.
"There was an Isuzu brand pickup truck parked on the highway above and the initial conclusion was that he had jumped and died.
"The investigation at the scene showed that he was a British man, aged 60."
Noppadol Seethongkham, a paramedic volunteer from the Ruamkatanyu Foundation, said rescue workers exercise extra caution when they are called out.
He all the protective equipment is placed in a red biohazard bag for proper disposal after they finish at the scene.
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