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One dead, two injured as truck’s brakes fail on Patong Hill

PHUKET: One man died and two men were injured earlier today when a 10-wheeler truck’s brakes failed while descending Patong Hill.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 13 November 2017, 02:56PM

The driver of the truck said the brakes failed causing him to collide with a tuk-tuk and two motorbikes. Photo: Kusoldharm Rescue Foundation

The driver of the truck said the brakes failed causing him to collide with a tuk-tuk and two motorbikes. Photo: Kusoldharm Rescue Foundation

The brake failure caused the truck to collide with a tuk-uk and two motorbikes resulting in the death and injuries.

Lt Col Jongserm Preecha of the Patong Police was notified of the accident 11:30am today (Nov 13) and he sent a patrol officers and Kusoldharm rescue workers to the scene where they found a Nakhon Pathom-registered 10-wheeler truck in the middle of the road with a Honda Scoopy motorbike stuck under the front.

Nearby was the body of the motorbike driver, Mr Kittiporn Tossakarn, 30, lying face down in the road with a helmet still on his head.

Mr Kittiporn’s body was immediately taken to Patong Hospital.

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Also nearby was a blue tuk-tuk lying on its side in the road and Phuket-registered red Honda Wave motorbike.

The tuk-tuk driver, Mr Kanit Tean-aeam, 45, and the driver of the motorbike, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, were also taken to Patong Hospital.

One of the rescue workers who attended the scene said, “The driver of the truck, which was truck carrying cast iron pipes, said he was heading down Patong Hill when its brakes failed as he approached a curve. The truck then collided with the tuk-tuk and motorbikes.

"The driver of the truck was taken to Patong Police Station for questioning,” he added.



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Capt B | 15 November 2017 - 11:59:01

..It may take a bit of heat off their poorly serviced braking systems & prevent deaths & injuries.

Capt B | 15 November 2017 - 11:47:12

Sincere Condolences to the family & loved ones of Khun Kittiporn Tossakarn.Just as a matter of interest, as I generally avoid driving over "The Patong Death Hill" myself these days, have, since the last few wipe outs on the death hill,,, have they now placed several large, written in Thai road signs that state for the benefit of Heavy Vehicle Drivers, "TRUCKS MUST USE LOW GEAR&q...

CaptainJack69 | 14 November 2017 - 00:04:02

Buses are banned on Patong hill during "peak" periods and this seems to be successfully enforced (the cynical ones among us might say it's just because tour buses aren't likely to want to come over the hill at these times but lets assume the ban is effective). Yet you can see these lorries, as well as cement mixers, battling their way over the hill at all times of the day and nig...

Kurt | 13 November 2017 - 17:43:53

It was already to long 'quiet' on Patong Hill. 
We were in waiting mood for such a stupid 'brake failure' accident. Right?
So, would be nice to read more about the technical condition of this truck, the driving skills of de driver, the kind of driving license he has, under influence of alcohol/drugs?
After all, people did die again there.

Perhaps, with in mind that B9 million...

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