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Phuket tour bus crash on Patong Hill leaves boy, 12, dead

PHUKET: A Phuket tour bus crashed at the bottom of Patong Hill tonight (July 10), leaving at least one person dead.

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Monday 10 July 2017, 11:52PM


UPDATE: Hospital staff confirmed on Tuesday morning (July 11) that the boy was 10 years old, and that his father had also died from his injuries. See the updated story here.

The bus was carrying 36 passengers when it failed to stop and crashed at the bottom of the hill, just past Wat Patong, just before 11pm.

The bus was carrying 31 Chinese tourists back to their hotel in Patong at the time of the accident. Initial reports indicate that 25 people were injured in the crash.

The lone fatality so far has been confirmed as a 12-year-old boy.

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The driver, who has yet to be name, was taken into custody for questioning by Lt Col Pattapee Srichai, Deputy Superintendent of the Patong Police.

The tour bus crash is the second on Patong Hill in less than two weeks after the brakes failed on a bus carrying Chinese tourists slammed into a concrete wall built in front of a house to stop runaway vehicles from plioughing into the home on June 30.

That crash left one person dead and 26 more injured, with the Patong Police Chief vowing to take legal action against the driver and the company responsible for the roadworthy condition of the bus. (See story here.)

 

 

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malczx7r | 11 July 2017 - 16:57:30

Suave, i'm pretty sure they'd be disk brakes?  But it's not just the pads that's the problem it's the fluid, if you keep on the brakes then the heat is transferred from the disks into the fluid causing it to boil and then the brakes fail.  Captain Jack is correct, they use the brakes all the time instead of the gears, but hey what do we know!

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CaptainJack69 | 11 July 2017 - 12:53:01

@SUAVE: In the real world you're absolutely right, but here in Thailand drivers (including and especially bus drivers) don't use low gears to descend hills. The root causes maybe be various but you can watch them everyday. Brake lights on all the way down. When the brakes inevitably fail this is what happens. Again. And again. And again.

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suave | 11 July 2017 - 09:25:31

These types of large vehicle accidents happen from a variety of factors.  Other than a bus speeding down the hill without regard, a bus heading down this grade in traffic is the worst case for a driver because he is forced to use his brakes when the traffic ahead of him keep the bus from being able to use its engine to keep a slow speed.  If the brakes are not adjusted properly, even if they are in some cases(there would be a lot of smoke if indeed they were adjusted properly before total failure), when the drum heats up with use it expands leaving the brake pads no longer impacting the drums to the degree needed to stop the bus - this could be called brake failure, though it could be caused by failure to adjust brakes before the decent.

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Foot | 11 July 2017 - 09:20:07

Discover Thainess is 100% correct.
If the driver uses the lowest gear, he wouldn't have to ride the brakes.  If the brakes were properly maintained, they'd be a suitable backup.
Most bus companies don't care to do the proper maintenance.
Many drivers don't care.  Most aren't properly trained.
Many authorities just don't care to enforce proper safety precautions.
Sad.

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simon01 | 11 July 2017 - 08:24:17

Blah Blah Blah. Yes take action against the driver and company ok. BUT they need to stop all buses and large lorries using that hill or take action to make saure all bus, lorry, mini bus are well maintained. Then arrest any driver and company owner who allows a sub standard bus, truck, lorry on the the road. But as t his will upset a driver or bus /lorry business owners then they will do nothing about it. Sad yes but there will be a thousand more deaths on that hill alone before anyone even thinks about safety before profit.

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Concernd | 11 July 2017 - 07:42:39

For a Tunnel safe lives
The assumable best secure way to Patong 
How many more ancients have to happen over the hill to Patong which most likely would not happen if there would be a tunnel?
 A tunnel will help most likely to assure unfit vehicles and inexperienced steep hill drivers will arrive save in Patong 
Make sure that it is not possible to overtake in the tunnel with concrete blocks lane separation.
Block and don’t allow unfit truck busses and vehicles over the hill Finance the Tunnel with like they do in Bangkok the Highways Expressways toll.

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Dashe | 11 July 2017 - 06:32:00

How about they just ban large vehicles on that hill like they said they were going to?

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LES | 11 July 2017 - 03:03:10

Can somebody tell me if any of the tour buses actually have breaks. Its the same story that is just repeated time and time again,its been happening for years..... the only result is that poor innocent people keep getting killed, and no one is ever guilty or prosecuted........

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Discover Thainess | 11 July 2017 - 00:31:23

"Control C" and "Control V". I feel bad for Phuket News having to keep reporting the same thing over and over. When will drivers be taught to use low gear when descending a steep hill and not ride the brakes all the way down until they cook and fail at the bottom? Will this ever change? Education would actually be easy and not expensive. Madness that this still happens. 

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