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40 injured as overloaded tour bus 'slips' over road's edge in failed ascend of Patong Hill

40 injured as overloaded tour bus 'slips' over road's edge in failed ascend of Patong Hill

PHUKET: Slippery oil was initially blamed for a tour bus slipping backward off the edge of the steep road at the base of Patong Hill, but police have since cited that the bus was too 'overloaded' to ascend the hill.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 15 August 2015, 10:00AM


Photo: Khru Nui

Photo: Khru Nui

The accident occured just past the Thung Thong Police checkpoint in Kathu at aproximately 9.25am this morning.

According to an investigating traffic officer, the bus was overloaded and was unable to ascend the hill, as it rolled back down several meters, its back slipping off just over the road's edge before it finally came to a stop. 

Indeed, the outcome could have been a lot worse. 

At least 40 persons have been sent to Patong Hospital to be treated for injuries incurred from the accident. 

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Several other motorbike drivers have reported slippery conditions on the hill this morning.

Shortly after the initial accident, in the tailback down the hill another accident was reported, in which a truck's brakes allegedly failed before it rolled back down and collided with a white sedan directly behind it.  

Commuters between Patong and Kathu should expect traffic delays the rest of the morning, and are urged to proceed with caution. 

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BigA | 16 August 2015 - 07:28:44

I wounder do the hospital staff can speak Chinese or do they rely on illegal Chinese Tour guide to talk to there patients?
HORST

Concerned | 16 August 2015 - 07:26:53

Safe way to Patong 
For a Tunnel
Secure way to Patong 
Invest in a Secure Way to Patong which is a Tunnel
Finance the Tunnel with a toll
Don't allow truck busses and unfit vehicles over the hill

PhuketExpat | 15 August 2015 - 10:29:54

Wauw we are making progress! Someone gets the blame! There should be such a heavy fine on being overloaded or in bad condition for both driver and company involved (liscence revoked) that no one and no company was willing to take the risk.

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