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One dead, twenty injured in Surat Thani-Phuket bus crash

PHUKET: At least one person has died and over 20 injured when a Surat-Phuket bus missed a bend and flipped on Phetkasem Rd in front of Thai Muang Hospital in Phang Nga this afternoon.

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Friday 4 November 2016, 06:06PM

The driver of the bus, Mr Pramuan Mandee, 39, said he lost control of the bus due to bad weather conditions. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
The driver of the bus, Mr Pramuan Mandee, 39, said he lost control of the bus due to bad weather conditions. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Capt Chalermsak Aksornpein of the Thai Muang Police was notified of an accident at 1pm today where it was reported that a bus bound for Phuket had crashed and landed in a ditch on Phetkasem Rd in Baan Thasaw, Phang Nga about 100 metres before Thai Mueang Hospital.

Upon arrival at the scene rescue workers and police found a wreckage blue and white Surat Thani-Phuket bus lying on its side in a ditch.

The bus driver, Mr Pramuan Mandee, 39, from Nakorn Srit Tammarat and a large numbers of passengers, who had only suffered minor injuries, were standing at the roadside. Police were told three people were still trapped inside the wreckage.

A total of 26 people – including the three originally trapped – were taken to Thai Muang Hospital where one passenger was later reported to have died. The deceased was later named as Notachai Boontharit, a Navy officer from Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command based in Phang Nga.

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Mr Pramuan told police that he picked up 35 passengers and was heading to Phuket when he lost control of the bus due to poor weather conditions.

The bus landed sideways in a ditch with its rear-end crashed into a tree.

“We are questioning all the passengers, but at this time no charges have yet been filed,” said Capt Chalermsak.



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Pauly44 | 06 November 2016 - 18:56:02

There goes Joe 12 with his head in the mud again, Thailand has undeniably the worst drivers in the world, are you completely oblivious to what takes place around you? Of course the driver was speeding for the conditions, every rational person would come to this conclusion from what they see daily driving on Thai roads, a stationary vehicle will aquaplane on a hill will it?? News flash-stationary means not moving.... What a dope!

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malczx7r | 06 November 2016 - 18:03:11

Joe12, you clearly have no clue about aquaplaning, you can't aquaplane when stationary, aquaplaning is caused when the speed of a vehicle is greater than the ability of the tyre tread to clear the water from the tyre and creating a cushion of water between the tyre and the road surface which then results in a lack of traction and the vehicle to lose control.  To prevent this the only solution is to slow down!

As for saying why not do something instead of whinging about it, what should she do, get laughed at by the police when she goes to the local police station to report it?  Everyone including the police know this happens, it's not like they don't attend the crash sites and are unaware of what has happened, they are just either unwilling or don't care about it!  

You obviously don't drive otherwise you'd be aware of the driving practices of the local van drivers is nothing but reckless and dangerous, it seems everyone else see's this, why not you?  You think their driving standards are ok?

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Rorii | 06 November 2016 - 17:33:10

Joe12,, a totally unnecessary attack on Samantha, but then again, we know what type of "man" you are not. Seeing you've been in Thailand for some time, more than a day or two, you, yourself, would have seen quite a few instances of very poor, dangerous driving, including overtaking on double yellow lines, like they say, it only takes one good man, something you are not, a hypocrite yes, a good man NO. And before you turn on me, no, I also have not gone to the cops, why, because I to have been here more than a few days, and know the cops attitude, and the fact "whinging" about one (1) driver will not change the attitude of thousands. Call me what you will, you are no better than the rest.

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Joe12 | 05 November 2016 - 21:39:06

Samantha..."When are the authorities going to come down hard on these van and bus drivers?"....why? 
"I see them multiple times everyday overtaking on double lines..." Therein lies your problem. What's the point in whinging about it and writing about it here, when you are not going to do anything about it. If no-one knows about it, the problem doesn't exist, so don't bother whinging.
"They have no concern about danger..." how on earth do you arrive at this strange conclusion? Even planes that have hundreds of people in them crash for one reason or another and these are highly trained pilots. Consider how a person feels with 30 odd passengers under ones care. 
"...driver of the bus...was clearly speeding and/or driving recklessly." Again, how do arrive at this strange conclusion when you weren't even there? Any vehicle will aquaplane in the wet even stationary on hill, so to ascribe your conclusion to the driver is wrong.
"He needs to be imprisoned and banned from driving.." This is a ludicrous statement, given that you know nothing about the cause or the driver.  

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Ed Sanders | 05 November 2016 - 18:41:18

And the carnage continues, and the Royal Thai Police continue to sit on their hands, incapable of developing some kind of action plan to stem the almost daily death and destruction on Thailand roadways.  They should start by practicing aggressive law enforcement, with extremely stiff penalties that target public transport jackasses.  These reckless fools ALL need to be put on alert, that any speeding or reckless driving infractions will cost you your job, with mandatory jail time if found to be negligent in injury accidents.  Is it ever going to be time to act???  Can't the NCPO intervene and force this desperately needed change??? Something has to happen

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Christy Sweet | 05 November 2016 - 16:28:23

"The weather..."Obscene lack of responsibility which caused a death. I'm sure the driver will just get a slap on the paw..

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samantha | 05 November 2016 - 12:03:41

When are the authorities going to come down hard on these van and bus drivers?

I see them multiple times everyday overtaking on double lines, in built up areas while speeding.

They have no concern about danger and need to be banned from driving for long periods of time or imprisoned. 

The driver of the bus, Mr Pramuan Mandee, 39 was clearly speeding and/or driving recklessly. 

He needs to be imprisoned and banned from driving for like as someone died because of his reckless actions.

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Fritz Pinguin | 05 November 2016 - 10:12:03

And the good old lie again: It was the weather - not over-speed not adapting to driving conditions. This really makes me sick.

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