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Chinese Phuket tourists safe after runaway tour bus slams Patong temple wall

PHUKET: More than 30 Chinese tourists were taken to Patong Hospital after the tour bus they were travelling on sped out of control down Patong Hill and crashed into the perimeter wall at Wat Suwankhiriwong (Wat Patong) just before 8pm last night (Aug 22).

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Tuesday 23 August 2016, 11:22AM

In a video provided to The Phuket News, a motorbike rider narrowly escaped being run over by the bus seconds before the driver brought the vehicle to a stop by ploughing it into the temple wall.

Police arrived with Kusoldharm rescue workers to find the blue bus with its side crunched into the wall. The front of the bus was damaged and broken window glass was strewn across the road.

There were more than 30 Chinese tourists, including children, on the bus at the time of the accident.

“Most of them suffered scrapes and bruises, but there no serious injuries,” said Maj Patapee Srichai of the Patong Police.

“Regardless, all victims were taken to Patong Hospital,” he added.

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Also at the scene were two damaged minivans and a damaged Honda Jazz.

“This road is very steep and the bottom of the hill has a very sharp turn,” Maj Patapee said.

“The bus driver is probably new to this route. He possibly he lost control of his vehicle while descending the hill, which meant he could not slow down or maybe the bus’s brakes failed.

“However, we are still investigating this,” he said.



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Concerned | 24 August 2016 - 08:30:03

Safest way to Patong
For a Tunnel to Patong, 
Start building a tunnel to prevent severe accidents mostly caused by unfit buses trucks and inexperienced steep hill drivers in the future.
PS To finance the tunnel impose road toll like they do on expressways in Bangkok

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Rich 44 | 23 August 2016 - 18:13:37

It would help if, at the top of the hill, there is a sign reading
"Steep Hill, Buses and Trucks must use low gear"
When brakes overheat they fail. Someone is sure to be killed.

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Kurt | 23 August 2016 - 17:10:44

Great, I had already sleepless nights as quite a while no bus break failures near that temple.
It is the fault of the temple, the road was dry.
If that temple wall wasn't there it would not have happened.

And why are it always busses with Chinese tourists?
Are that cheaper 2nd class busses?

Oh, and the thai bus driver fled the scene, leaving the wounded passengers.
The miserable coward.

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Ed Sanders | 23 August 2016 - 15:47:33

Well...the good news is that no tourists were killed, and that at least 2 minivans were taken out.  I guess we'll need to wait a couple days for the next one of these clap-trap buses and their drivers to provide us with the next contribution to the weekly carnage.

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Andy | 23 August 2016 - 14:07:46

As I have commented before, modern buses brakes do not fail. What fails is the brain of the driver. One sees these tour buses and mini buses being driven by lunatics everyday. They seem to think they are in race whereas their job is to safely transport their guests from A to B.
Until these guys receive jail sentences and lengthy driving bans with very large fines for the tour company this carnage will continue.

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slippery snake | 23 August 2016 - 13:51:26

maybe the buses breaks failed ????   or maybe the driver was just plain a bad driver with no common sense ???  be good when all these 300 new buses arrive, no more failed breaks,  uh !!!!    What will they blame then ?  oh yeah,  the weather !

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Bjay | 23 August 2016 - 13:16:03

Why do the Police make excuses for what is most likely to either a lack of vehicle maintenance or incompetent driver error. Or a combination of both! 

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