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Crash on bypass road leaves Phuket taxi driver dead, three tourists injured

PHUKET: A taxi driver was killed and three tourists injured when the vehicle they were in crashed into a crane truck on bypass road this morning (Mar11).

accidents, transport, death,


Darawan Naknakhon

Saturday 12 March 2016, 11:22AM


The crash happened in front of Kittichai Yota Co on Chalerm Prakiet Rd.
The crash happened in front of Kittichai Yota Co on Chalerm Prakiet Rd.

Lt Col Sakchai Chunyong of the Phuket City Police arrived at the scene, in front of Kittichai Yota Co on Chalerm Prakiet Rd northbound, with Kusoldharm rescue workers to find a wrecked green plate taxi in the road. Not far away was a crane truck and it’s driver, who was waiting for police to arrive.

Lt Col Sakchai said, “We were told that the taxi was heading north to drop off tourists at the airport when it collided with the truck that had just come from Kittichai Yota.

“We are talking to the driver of the crane truck to find out more information about the accident,” he said.

The body of the driver, Teerawat Phetdam, and the three injured passengers, believed to be Chinese, were taken by rescue workers toto Vachira Hospital.

 

 

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Kurt | 15 March 2016 - 08:54:59

Police investigation outcome was published.
The taxi driver drove high speed at the very inner lane, a lane which is not a traffic lane, overtaking all normal traffic at the complete wrong side
It is a practice we see a lot of passenger Van- and taxi drivers do.
They take the very inner lane to overtake 'wrongly' with high speed. Or just to become nr 1 at traffic lights. 
Ignoring any traffic law rule.

The heavy crane came out of a side road, and was just going to make speed on the inner lane before joining the traffic lane.

And this 'wrong side overtaking practice' goes on and on, as many tourists transported by taxis and Vans experience every day.

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Concerned | 13 March 2016 - 07:27:19

Drive safe
As long there egoistic reckless traffic rules ignoring motorists on the road 
There will be chaos and traffic jams.
PS
Be aware with reckless and dangers traffic law ignoring driving you endanger also your family loved ones innocent children playing on the road side and correct driving motorists

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Joe12 | 12 March 2016 - 17:32:11

The presumptions of commentators without facts never fails to amaze me eg."incompetence of drivers" "nothing is ever addressed","driving with high speed."

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Slamdunk | 12 March 2016 - 15:19:52

How about all the crazy scooters. No training, they don't realise how dangerous they are

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Richard Vickers | 12 March 2016 - 14:34:50

The incompetence of drivers throoughout Phuket is simply appalling.  We all see it...every day...yet nothing is ever addressed.  I would love to see thew Chinese government step up and place a temporary ban on travel to Thailand until something meaningful happens.  But then again, Chine probably doesn't care much either. Tsk Tsk

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Kurt | 12 March 2016 - 12:34:52

Wow, seeing the impact of the crashed taxi, may we presume that the taxi was driving with high speed?
To fast anyway to react in time to avoid the crash.

Never drive faster than you can think!

Poor chinese tourists, instead on a flight home, now in hospital.
Who is going to pay the new flight tickets and the hospital bills of the Chinese tourists?

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