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Chinese tourist killed while crossing busy Phuket road

PHUKET: A Chinese tourist died after he was struck by a car while crossing Thepkrasattri Rd in Thalang, central Phuket, last night (Aug 9), while trying to get to a petrol station across the road.

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Wednesday 10 August 2016, 12:45PM

Lt Col Sanit Nookong of the Thalang Police was notified of the accident at 10:50pm.

Police arrived with Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived at the scene, in front of the PTT petrol station in Baan Muang Mai, to find a group of emotional Chinese tourists gathered around the body of Shengbin Lu, 54, lying on the road.

Among the group was Mr Lu's wife and two children.

About 80 metres from Mr Lu’s body was collected from the road was a damaged Volvo sedan with a shattered windscreen and traces of blood across the front. Standing by was the driver, Pallop Joojinda, 44.

Mr Lu, unresponsive, was taken to Thalang Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead upon arrival.

The tour bus was transporting 19 Chinese tourists from Patong to Krabi International Airport so they could their return flight home at 3:30am, Col Sanit said.

“The bus stopped opposite the petrol station so passengers could use the rest rooms and convenience store there,” he explained.

“We were told that a group of tourists ran across the road and Mr Lu was following them when the Volvo struck him. Mr Lu struck the windscreen before falling onto the road,” Col Sanit said.

“No charges have been filed as we have yet to conclude our questioning of the Volvo driver and everyone at the scene at the time,” he said.



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malczx7r | 12 August 2016 - 11:08:43

I came back from Patong on Wednesday around 5pm, there were a group of tourists waiting to cross the road near the tiger complex? outside Jungceylon, I put my hazard lights on a and stopped to let them cross the road at the pedestrian crossing (as most courteous people would do), what happened, the Thais just zoomed past me undertaking nearly knocking some of them down.  I've never come across such self centered, "I'm too important to let anyone cross" attitude, these people really are some of the most discourteous people i have ever come across!! 

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Christy Sweet | 11 August 2016 - 15:57:37

Making tourists cross a Phuket death-way is certainly culpable on part of the tour company. And why? They were apparently almost to the airport.

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skip | 11 August 2016 - 07:05:50

condolonces to the family. RIP Mr Lu. unfortunately these accidents will occur with frequency as the chinese lack road sense when it comes to thailand. i am continually stopping my car because chinese tourists are walking down the road in the traffic lanes oblivious to the danger they are putting themselves into. also many tourists of many nationalities are walking in the traffic with eyes glued to their mobile phone with no idea of spacial awareness and sooner or later the motorists doesnt see one of them and they get run phone users need to show some personal responsibility and respect to others with when and where they use them. common sense should be the code applied when using a mobile phone but the age of personal accountability has disappeared and the associated courtesy shown to others is all but non existent.unfortunate but true.

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Ed Sanders | 10 August 2016 - 18:55:53

Another case of ignorant and careless Thais looking after their Chinese guests (which also don't seem to be teeming with common sense).  Why would a bus stop at a location where all customers must cross a dangerous and fast moving highway that is filled with some of the most reckless drivers on the planet?  And typical...Thai drivers live up to their reputation by not recognizing that there are foolish Chinese pedestrians all over the place, and that they should slow down and let them cross.  Stupid reigns supreme all over this tragic event.  I'm guessing that the ignorant bus driver was still asking for his commission for bring the Chinese to the petrol station.

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