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Another Death in the Night

Four wrecks and, after last night, three deaths in four days of commutes into and back from Vientiane. I normally only ride that route on Tuesday and Thursday nights, but I’m filling in for another teacher this week. One more night to go.

Last night’s victim was the mayor of the village where I’m staying. Apparently, a car hit the motorbike that he was driving and, perhaps, another. I rode through the scene of the accident and saw two motorbikes down, after I had seen an ambulance racing toward Vientiane earlier. I didn’t know that anyone had been killed until Nai told me this morning that the “village boss” (mayor) had been killed right where I had ridden the previous night.

Utter insanity on the roads here. You can read more details of last night by clicking the tab at the top of the page — The Daily Commute. More later (hopefully, not more accidents).

2 comments to Another Death in the Night

  • Ken Larson

    Wow Ron!! And I thought that some of our escapades back in the late sixties and early seventies rendered us lucky to be alive! I also have experienced driving in 3rd World Countries, but I always had 4 wheels under me, not 2. Like me, you’re getting up there, so be careful old friend. I’d like to see you again one day, but not coming back to good old GTF in a box! Take care & Godspeed! Ken

  • montanaron

    Hi, Ken. We had some good times way back when, didn’t we. Thanks for the good wishes. When I’m on the road here, I’m ultra cautious and hyper aware. No, I don’t want to be just another traffic accident statistic. The next time I come back to GTF (whenever that is), I’m going to treat you to that dinner I owe you. Take care.