ellen in the hua hin hospital after she was hit by a car in thailand

Hit by a car in Thailand

Here’s a blog post nobody ever wants to write.

This morning, my wife, Ellie, was hit by a car while bicycling and sent to the hospital.

Thankfully, it appears her only serious injury is a broken right wrist.

ellen in bangkok hospital in hua hin, xray, ellen in a cast after

She is home resting now – at our rental apartment in Hua Hin, Thailand.

The incident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 2. Ironically, it happened right in front of The Bangkok Hospital (Hua Hin campus) on the four-lane main road through this beach town about three hours south of Bangkok.

She had left our place just a few minutes earlier. When she messaged me, I rushed to the scene. We walked slowly from the roadside right into the ER.

Another irony: Ellen had been to this same hospital emergency room back in early 2019. That visit came after we were in a motor scooter crash (also not our fault) and Ellen was diagnosed with broken ribs.

She says today’s fractured wrist was more painful (when it happened) but now has pain meds and a cast on her lower arm. In the ER, I watched as the area was numbed then tugged and twisted into proper ‘setting’ position. Uhhhggg!!!

We will visit the orthopedic doctor next week for a follow up before we depart Thailand. Complete healing will take six weeks.

Thus far, the unplanned medical expense is 14,250 Thai Baht ($413). That amount covered everything: ER, doctor, ortho-specialist, xrays, medications. As we often find while traveling, the medical facility and personnel were top notch — and obviously inexpensive compared to American ER prices.

There were witnesses to the accident. They stopped to help. Police and EMS responded. The driver of the black Toyota station wagon talked to the motorcycle cop. Ambulance medics stabilized Ellen’s injured arm.

El says she was just riding along normally on the edge of the road when she was bumped by a car – sending her flying to the pavement. She has a few other small scrapes and a bruise on her hip.

A while later, the driver courteously came to the hospital to offer Ellen a ride home. She accepted — but during the short ride, he ran out of gas. Seriously. He did apologize for messing up her day/weeks/travel/life. El continued in a songthaew/taxi.

hua hin police station, wllen's bike on the road, hua hin's main road

I went to the nearby Hua Hin police station as Ellen went home. Communication was difficult. The reporting officer was out. We have his cell number. We don’t know what statements are in the report. It seems doubtful anything more will come of the matter.

Of course, we are mostly just grateful Ellen wasn’t more seriously hurt. We often buy/rent bikes during our travels. I guess we’ll give consideration to a helmet in the future.

In our view, the driver just got too close as he moved to pass her. Was the guy distracted? Cell phone? Texting? Radio? Unknown. As seen in the photos here, the road is plenty wide and in excellent condition. It shouldn’t have happened. 

As always, be thankful (WE ARE!) and generous, happy trails & more beer.

Life is NOW!

8 comments

  1. Happy to see the accident wasn’t more serious. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Thanks for sharing your experience and medical costs. This is always helpful information to fellow travelers.

  2. Awe Ellie, sorry to hear this. An injured foot arriving now injured arm leaving. Take care, hugs

  3. Funny how your day can change in a few seconds. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  4. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Thank you for posting the medical costs. The more Americans see how inexpensive healthcare can and should be, the better! My husband and I also slow travel the world and are constantly amazed at the quality and price of health care!! I’m on a crusade to spread the word 🙂 Cheers and happy travels!

  5. Omg…I am so saddened yo hear of this unfortunate accident…but very happy ti learn that El was not more seriously injured…(seems to me that this particular part of Thailand is done with Ellen🤔😅😅🙏🙏🤔)…
    Wishing El a very speedy and non eventfull healing process…stay strong and safe – continue your adventure filled travels…there are many souls waiting to be inspired by you🙏🙏🙏

  6. So sorry this has happened. Wishing you a speedy recovery and soon to back on the road again.

  7. Wow! That could have been a lot worse. As you said, it’s not a post you wanted to write, but it’s good that she’ll recover and that she has had and will have excellent care!

    This probably wasn’t the way she wanted to have an enforced break to finish her book!

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