The Claim and Our Verdict
The claim: Two videos shared March 4, 2023, on Facebook, claim to show a car accident in China.
Fact-checking: The car accident captured in the CCTV footages did not occur in China. A video with the exact same content was posted on YouTube by the Thai media outlet The Thaiger. The Thaiger video shows that the incident took place in Thalang district, Phuket province, Thailand, on Dec. 20, 2015.
Our verdict: The car accident captured in the viral videos did not occur in China. The incident took place in Phuket, Thailand.
Two video footages of a motorcycle accident were published March 4, 2023, on Facebook. The first clip shows two riders colliding and falling to the ground, while the second clip captured one of the riders getting up and then being hit by a passing white truck. The Facebook post claims that the accident happened in China. The caption, written in traditional Chinese, translates as, “The first hit wasn’t severe until a Chinese driver caused the second crash.”
As of the publication of this report, the Facebook post had been shared 15 times, and it had received 60 comments as well as 194 likes or reactions.
Through a reverse image search, a YouTube video published Dec. 22, 2015 by The Thaiger was found. A comparison shows that it is identical to the viral footages. According to the information on its official website, The Thaiger is a digital media outlet based in Thailand, and it has previously acquired The Phuket Gazette, an English-language newspaper published in Phuket.
A comparison between the Facebook videos and the YouTube video shows that they share identical details, including street views, incident particulars, and visual features such as the blue title frame in the lower left corner and the red circle highlighting the motorcycle collision. As a result, it is clear that the Facebook videos were created by editing from the original YouTube video. Furthermore, the watermark on the YouTube video indicates that the original footage was provided by the Thai police.
The YouTube video’s description claims that the accident happened on Thepkrassattri Road in Thalang district, Phuket province, Thailand. This fact is supported by a Google Maps search and a comparison with the Street View photo taken in 2016.
According to an article published Dec. 22, 2015, on the website of Thailand Daily (ไทยรัฐ), a car accident did occur on Thepkrassattri road in Thalang district at 9:15 a.m. Dec. 20, 2015. The article included a longer CCTV footage of the accident scene that lasts for two minutes.
The car accident captured in the viral videos did not occur in China. The incident took place in Phuket, Thailand.
- Facebook, post, March 4, 2023.
- YouTube video, “Yet another crazy Phuket traffic crash,” Dec. 22, 2015.
- The Thaiger, About the Thaiger.
- Google Maps, “Street View of Mai Khao, Thalang District, Phuket, Thailand,” published in 2016.
- ไทยรัฐ, “อุทาหรณ์! คลิป 2 จยย.เฉี่ยวชนกัน ก่อนรถกระบะพุ่งชนซ้ำอีก,” Dec 22, 2015.