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Phuket Chinese tour bus rammed by ‘unstoppable’ 10-wheeler

PHUKET: Chinese tourists who had only just landed on the island were welcomed to Phuket early this morning (Mar 7) by a 10-wheeled truck slamming into the back of their bus while they were heading from Phuket International Airport to their hotel in Patong.

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Monday 7 March 2016, 01:22PM

The accident occurred at the main intersection on Thepkrasattri Rd in Koh Kaew at about 3:45am.

The driver of the truck, Tiradech Chanalim, 35, was taken to hospital for minor injuries sustained in the impact, said Sen Sgt Maj Sompong Chanchatri of the Phuket City Police.

“None of the 14 Chinese tourists were reported to have suffered any injuries in the accident,” said Sen Sgt Maj Sompong said, adding that all 14 tourists had already been taken to their hotel in Patong by alternative transport.

Truck driver Mr Tiradech told police that he was transporting goods from Bangkok to Phuket Town when the accident happened.

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“He said that the truck’s brakes failed and he could not avoid hitting the back of the bus, which was waiting at the traffic lights,” Sen Sgt Maj Compong said.

However, Mr Tiradech might yet face charges over the accident.

“We have yet to conclude our investigation, and at this stage we are investigating the possibility that the truck driver might have fallen asleep at the wheel,” Sen Sgt Maj Sompong said.



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aussiebob | 08 March 2016 - 12:21:54

The brakes did fail!! They failed to operate because the driver was asleep and forgot to use them!!! Just another day on the island. At least nobody died this time.

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Kurt | 07 March 2016 - 18:53:46

Andy, Very right! Good comment!
We may conclude that thai drivers of trucks and busses have no technical knowledge at all  of the vehicle they are driving.
If they had that knowledge they would not lie with 'brake failure'.
Now the interesting question is, do thai insurance companies and thai police have that technical knowledge?

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Belzybob | 07 March 2016 - 17:33:17

In so many of these incidents truck drivers blame the truck for 'losing control' or brake failure. Trucks don't lose control and brakes don't suddenly fail. Its the incompetent or fatigued drivers that are the issue.

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Kurt | 07 March 2016 - 17:00:40

The truck was driving from Bangkok to Phuket, the trip was almost done.
Is it in the traffic law that a driver has to rest after a number of hours driving?
When the truck driver did the whole trip without proper resting,( not just talking sanitary stops only) than about 03:45 am is a excellent time to fall asleep.

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Andy | 07 March 2016 - 15:09:33

Modern truck brakes do not fail they are dual system. The air pressure actually holds the brakes off so a catastrophic failure puts the brakes on.
The only time trucks or coaches lose braking power is when they get too hot due to the idiot drivers riding the brakes down hills and rushing up to bends like "last of the late brakers" Lewis Hamilton does in an F1 car. Trucks and coaches are not designed to do this hence the regular results on Patong Hill.
I don't know what is wrong with so many coach and mini-bus drivers here, why do they drive as if on a race track? Small manhood? I have done a great deal of motor racing and it is more exciting than sex but racing on the road is not exciting it is just plain dumb.
In this case it is likely inattentiveness, it looks like he had slowed somewhat, he has not hit the coach at high speed.

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simon01 | 07 March 2016 - 14:24:17

Nothing new here. Now not even news. This happens more often than the sun rise or sun set. No one on the islands wants to do anything to stop the accidents and deaths on the road. its very easy to do. if this driver is fined 100,000 for driving a poorly maintained truck and the owner 1,000,000 . The other companies and drivers will look after their trucks cars and busses better. They will be driven better. When word gets out that this is now the standard fine people will take greater care.  As soon as all old or broken cars, busses and trucks are stopped and the owner is made to hire a road worthy one to continue the delivery and the old one taken off the road on the spot. 2-3 massive fines and the other companies will improve overnight

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nodeal | 07 March 2016 - 14:21:12

or maybe going to fast like every body do in phuket!

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