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One killed, several injured when minivan driver loses control off Phuket

PHUKET: One person was killed and at least 10 more injured on Saturday afternoon when a minivan driver lost control of his vehicle causing him to collide with two other vehicles in Phang Nga province, north of Phuket.

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Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 27 March 2017, 11:16AM

It is not yet know if charges are to be brought against the driver of the minivan. Photo: Phang Nga Repoters Club
It is not yet know if charges are to be brought against the driver of the minivan. Photo: Phang Nga Repoters Club

The minivan driver has put the blame of the accident on weather conditions.

At 4pm on Saturday (Mar 25), Lt Col Sanae Aukot of Muang Phang Nga Police received information of an accident that had occurred on the Thap Put-Muang Phang Nga Rd in Phang Nga province.

Phang Nga City Police Chief Col Suwat Kaewprom, Capt Pairat Makephamorn, rescue teams, and a medical team from Phang Nga Hospital arrived at the scene found to find a Bangkok-registered Toyota minvan belonging to Pegas Touristik with its front badly damaged.

Nearby were a Phuket-registered Isuzu pickup truck with damage along its right side and a Phuket-registered Toyota Fortuner with damage to its left side.

Capt Pairat said, “The minivan driver, Mr Arun Yotharak, 30, from Phuket was taking two female Russians from Krabi to Phuket when the accident occurred. The two women were taken to Phang Nga Hospital.

“Arun told us that because it was as raining he lost control of his vehicle causing him to hit two other vehicles,” he said.

“There was an unresponsive man name, Phakphoom Plearngsaeree, 60, from Phang Nga, on the back seat of the Fortuner, he was transferred to hospital but was later pronounced dead.

“The driver of the Fortuner, Mr Theerayut Kungit, 31, and his passengers, which included a one-and-a-half-year-old girl all sustained minor injuries and were taken to Phang Nga Hospital for treatment,” Capt Pairat added.

Ms Aucharaphan Plearngsri, 33, the daughter of Fortuner driver Mr Phakphoom said, “We were driving from Natoei in Phang Nga and heading to Uthairatbamrung temple when we were hit by the minivan.”

Capt Pairat said, “There were four people in the Isuzu pickup; driver Mr Nirot Kaewrot, 46, Ms Uthai Kaewrot, 43, Supphanimit Kaewrot, 8, and Sasiwimon Janhorm, 50. They all sustained serious injuries and were taken to Phang Nga and and Thap Put hospitals.”

It is not yet know if any charges are to be brought against Mr Arun.



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petermach | 30 March 2017 - 10:45:24

drug control ? alcohol control ? or 500 baths fine ??

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jogi | 28 March 2017 - 11:03:45

(it is not yet know'n if charges to be brought against the driver of the minivan!!!) to fine the weather and extort money from god, budda and company? not a easy task. to charge and extort money of the driver,(he is Thai) not much cash. why  not charge the two passenger's, they farrangs,womans,russians, that is big buck's for the needy, greedy cops  

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malczx7r | 28 March 2017 - 10:53:04

Peter rawai - well all I can say in the years of living and driving here, you can't go out driving that often, because if I had a pound for every idiot minivan driver overtaking me on bends, approaching a blind hilltop, driving too close, speeding and genera;;y downright dangerous then i'd be a very rich man, on the other hand, maybe we only remember the bad ones??
Oh and foot, the other thing to blame is the government for A, not making the road driving test for passenger vans more tougher so to make them better drivers and B, for not getting the police to go out on patrol and pulling them up when they drive dangerous.  It's alright turning up after the crash, bit like bolting the gate after the horse has gone!

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peter rawai | 28 March 2017 - 08:19:34

Not all minibus drivers are bad, some are very good drivers
About the same average as foreign conmen in Phuket in my opinion, 
Which means there are quite a few bad drivers i know 

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sateeb | 27 March 2017 - 23:09:40

I have not seen 1 competent mini bus driver in all of Thailand.  These uneducated idiots drive flat out and over take on blind bends.  I was in Chiang rai recently and a convoy of them passed me and the last one nearly ran me off the road because he never wanted my car in the convoy and pulled in front of me.  I have been on visa runs to Ranong years ago but then decided to fly to Malaysia instead of risking my life with these idiots.  Nothing ever changes though so we will continue reading about deaths, drivers fleeing the scene...

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Kurt | 27 March 2017 - 19:27:08

Well, the photo show clearly the company name. 
A company which seems not to care to have kamikaze drivers driving their Vans.

Is it not possible to use section 44 to ban any 'professional' driver for life when he use the wet road as a excuse for 'killing driving'?
Such a driver is not normal in his head, is just a unguided torpedo.

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Foot | 27 March 2017 - 19:01:51

Isn’t about time that the media and the authorities name the real culprit for Phuket’s high fatal crash rate?
It’s not the night.  It’s not the light.  It’s not the rain. 
It’s the speed.  Speed!  Simply going too fast for the conditions at the time.  Time to get honest with things.

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Bjay | 27 March 2017 - 16:07:58

Mr Arun needs to be charged with dangerous driving causing Death & injury! I used to go on Visa runs from Patong to Rangon. After one return journey the Mini Van (BUS). The Drivers only know one speed? Accelerator hard down regardless of the prevailing weather. I stopped using them 5 years ago. Lock these drivers up & throw away the key!

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malczx7r | 27 March 2017 - 15:43:47

Yet again that pesky guilty rain causing accidents, how long do you think it will be before "The penny drops" inside their tiny brains?? Rain = accidents, the speed you could get round the corner in the dry all of a sudden you cant and you lose control because of the rain!!

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simon01 | 27 March 2017 - 12:49:25

Its 100% the drivers fault for not driving as to how the conditions allow. When raining you make sure you have good tyres and drive slowly. Of course when you drive fast in the wet and bad viz the rain will cause you to crash. SO DRIVE SLOWLY. Solution if you want to stay alive in Phuket NEVER NEVER use the visa run or other mini buses.

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