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British Tourists Killed by Runaway Truck in Koh Samui



Michael Holmes, 68, and Derek Rodney Gent, 69, reportedly died instantly – Photo Tahirath News

KOH SAMUI – Two British men were reportedly hit and killed by an out of control truck while walking along a road in Koh Samui on March 23.

Derek Gent, 69, and Michael Holmes, 68, of Rochdale, were walking on the island of Koh Samui when a crash involving several cars happened on Saturday. They had been on holiday with their wives, it is understood.

Upon their arrival, police found a silver bronze pickup truck and a Toyota Corolla Altis sedan. They said that both drivers abruptly turned their steering wheel to run off the road, which caused the crash. The truck hit the teashop and two British citizens who were walking nearby.

Michael Holmes, 68, and Derek Rodney Gent, 69, reportedly died instantly. They were tourists who were holidaying at a hotel near the accident spot

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are aware of the death of two British nationals in Thailand on 23 March. We are providing full consular assistance to the families at this time.”

The FCO said part of the support it provides would be to repatriate the bodies of the men.

Mr Gent, a retired head of Trading Standards at Oldham Council, was “a very well respected” officer, councillors said.

Councillor John Battye said: “This has come as a shock. He transformed our service from mediocre to one of the best in Manchester. He was very well respected.”

Councillor Hugh McDonald added: “It’s a real loss, he worked for Oldham and did a good job for the town.”

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