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Phuket Governor calls emergency meeting over fatal Patong tour bus crash

PHUKET: The Governor of Phuket Phuket has called an emergency meeting this morning (July 11) in the wake of the devastating tour bus crash on Patong Hill last night that has killed person, a 10-year-old boy.

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Tuesday 11 July 2017, 11:13AM

Staff at Patong Hospital early this morning confirmed that the boy, Liu Jierui, was dead on arrival at the hospital.

He had suffered fatal head and chest injuries when the bus flipped onto its side and wiped out power pylons and the fronts of several houses in the small street at the bottom of the hill, just past Patong Temple (Wat Suwan Khiriwong).

He was unconscious and unresponsive when rescue workers pulled him from the wreck.

As of this morning (July 11), staff at the hospital confirmed that Jierui’s father, Liu Fei, 36, had died from head injuries sustained in the crash.

Seven of the other 31 tourists on board suffered serious injuries. Twenty-two tourists escaped with only minor injuries.

Also on the bus, registered in Phang Nga province, were two tour guides, two tour guide leaders, one tour company staffer and the driver, 36-year-old Krittaporn Nualdua, registered as a resident of Rassada in Phuket.

According to the emergency patient notice posted by Patong Hospital staff in the hours immediately after the accident, the injury and fatalities recorded were as follows:

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  • Ms Peng Yali, 32 years old, cut wounds on her shoulder
  • Ms Jue Song, 30, cut wounds on her forehead and under her eye
  • Girl Wu Jia Qi, 8, bruises on the forehead
  • Mr Anhuq Zho, 31, lacerations on the waist
  • Ms Chen Xin, 27, bruises on left leg
  • Mr Zhou Yaxiang, 26, bruised back
  • Ms Xu Yu, 35, neck injury
  • Boy Zung Gun Ming, 14, neck injury
  • Ms Yan Yin, neck injury
  • Girl Li Yiqi, 16, cut wounds on her forehead
  • Mr Zhou Wen Jian, 40, cut wounds on his body
  • Ms Wang Yan, 40, head and leg pain
  • Ms Chen Jinni, 28, chest pain
  • Mr Jiang Honghoi, 40, bruises on his body
  • Ms Wang Zhen, 28, bruises on his elbow and arm
  • Girl Qung Zung Zhen, 8, bruises on her forehead
  • Ms Zhu Lin, 27, bruises on her right arm
  • Ms Hou Longya, 63, injury to her left wrist and bruises on her left knee
  • Mr Luz Yewen, 17, cut wounds on her head
  • Ms Xza Yin Feng, 70, head injuries and intracerebral haemorrhage
  • Boy Lyu Jie Rui, 10, deceased
  • Mr Lyu Fei, 36, bruises on his head and intracerebral haemorrhage (now deceased)

Police reported that the Chinese tourists were being taken back to the Patong Bay Hill Resort when the accident happened at 10:57pm. (See story here.)

The driver, Krittaporn, lost control when the brakes failed at the bend at the bottom of the hill, police noted.

Krittaporn was taken into custody for questioning by police last night as they continue their investigation.

Patong Police Chief Col Tassanai Orarigadech has already vowed legal action against the driver and the tour company involved in the deadly tour bus accident at the same location less than two weeks ago.

In that accident, on June 30, a bus carrying Chinese tourists slammed into a concrete wall built in front of a house to stop runaway vehicles from ploughing into the home.

That crash left one person dead and 26 more injured. (See story here.)



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Jor12 | 14 July 2017 - 18:59:30

Paully44...wrong as usual. Read Capt B's adept rendition of the workings of brake hydraulic system. Read also the reports of other bus accidents, where the driver has reported brake failure, which coincides with Capt B's analysis. You have not explained what you mean by "driver negligence" and what that may entail.

The object of the exercise is the prevention of accidents and more particularly deaths, on this particular stretch of road - as per the article. Currently, the only effective means of prevention is to stop busses using this stretch of road, which is not a viable alternative. Nor is putting Police to check on the roadworthiness of busses at the top of the hill, as that will not stop drivers using their brakes and the results as detailed by CaptB.

If you know anything about Insurance, actuaries are tasked (amongst others) to assess and manage risks and uncertainty and who calculates insurance and  premiums. If an Insurance company is hit each week with catastrophic claims for damages brought by the deaths or injury by bus companies, have a guess at what is going to happen with their annual premiums? Do you really think that an Insurance company is going risk insuring a high risk business venture? Given your comments you do think that they will. It's a similar scenario with the parasailers. If enough catastrophic claims are made, they are going to be out of business as they will be unable to insure themselves. For example, a 60 year old woman who died after the tow rope broke while parasailing in the Caribbean, the family was awarded $US7 million and $US1.2 in damages from the boat operator after he was charged. Needless to say that business is not now operating.

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Pauly44 | 14 July 2017 - 09:53:43

Jor 12 incase you hadn't noticed majority of accidents are due to driver negligence, signage has never been part of the equation, go back to watching episodes of people's court! Insurance companies will continue to insure vehicles as it's purely a numbers game for them regardless of police reports, signage etc. It doesn't matter, your suggestion is far fetched & as usual off point & mute.

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Jor12 | 13 July 2017 - 18:39:17

Paully44...clearly you didn't work out my post as you have no legal training. The legal advisory sign is for the reason you state..."Thai drivers never acknowledge signs." If they choose to ignore a sign, that is prima facie evidence of negligence, and any Police charges just reinforces that evidence. 

It is the dependants of the deceased that brings the suit or the injured party. 

As commentators repeat ad nauseam that nothing is ever done by authorities, it behoves the Insurance companies to take action, as I stated money talks. They will either refuse Insurance or increase premiums to cover law suits, which will make it untenable for the bus companies or effectively stop them from operating.  

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Pauly44 | 12 July 2017 - 20:14:43

Jor 12: Your rambling won't work; Thai drivers never acknowledge signs, police never enforce signage and road rules, plus the idea is to actually prevent the accidents before they happen, not turn it into a legal dispute after the fact whereby any TOURIST if not killed in an accident may attempt to sue the Thai operator if they survive, how ridiculous! 

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Jor12 | 12 July 2017 - 15:18:24

Capt B...a correct rendition of the workings of the hydraulic system. 

However, placing Police at the top of a hill to check on the roadworthiness of a bus or any other vehicle for that matter is a waste of resources and also, given that commentators on here state that nothing is ever done. 

A better alternative is to have a legal advisory sign, stating that low gear is to be used whilst descending, with proper news coverage so that operators know of the sign and to take action as necessary by informing drivers of their responsibility, but still allow the carnage to ensue, should they not follow the advisory sign. In that case, should any deaths or serious injury occur, it then becomes a clear case of negligence on the part of the driver. The injured party can sue the pants off the bus operator. A case a week for millions of baht should prompt Insurance companies to take a firmer hand on bus operators. Money talks, not the ramblings of farangs.

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Laughing Out Loud | 12 July 2017 - 12:52:45

No one's fault.  But wait... if the foriegn tourists were not on the bus none of them would have been injured.  So it is the foriegner's fault.  Case solved.  Business as usual.

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Pauly44 | 12 July 2017 - 12:44:28

Capt B; Thanks for the long lesson in hydraulic engineering, perhaps his brakes did fail, perhaps not, more often than not it's just an excuse. I agree the proper maintenance checks should be in place and adhered to as in a normal society where people's safety is a concern, but this is Thailand so you can forget about that, the attitudes towards safety absolutely stinks the whole way through, however the main cause of the carnage is from the psychopathic driving actions of the immature nitwits behind the wheel, pure & simple.

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The Mechanic | 12 July 2017 - 11:13:35

Speaking of the mechanical aptitude of a peanut,

Brake Fluid is not anhydrous, which usually refers to crystalline compounds that contain no water, it is in fact Hygroscopic which refers to a substance with a tendency to absorb moisture.

Engineers have spent many years developing brake fluid and recommend it be changed at 2 year intervals, I suspect they know their stuff.

Its all a bit irrelevant really though as most commercial vehicles (buses,trucks, heavy goods vehicles generally) usually have pneumatic brakes not hydraulic.

Maintenance is indeed an issue here, as are driver training and road conditions, hence a tunnel would make a big difference to the accident rate related to this hill.

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Capt B | 12 July 2017 - 09:45:20


1) The driver is "Not At Fault".

2) The Bus Company is "Not At Fault".

3) The Mechanics / Engineering Company that serviced the Bus's / Vehicles That Carry paying passengers / Heavy  Vehicle's Braking System within the last 6 months are at fault. This every 6 months servicing of a Heavy Commercial Vehicle's braking system every 6 months should be made Mandatory by the Thai Government & all works carried out  should inspected & either "Approved" or "Failed" by the Thai Government Transport Authority.

Now, for all you readers out there with the mechanical aptitude of a peanut;

Brake Fluid is "Anhydrous"---ie It absorbs humidity / moisture / water, that is why I am advising every 6 months, because after a while, it looses it's hydraulic properties, & as you might know, brake discs & shoes will get extremely hot  whilst travelling down the "Patong Death Hill". Once the Brake Fluid gets extremely hot with a lot of moisture / humidity / water inside it, it will in fact "BOIL" & loose the vast majority of its HYDRAULIC PROPERTIES that it is supposed to have.

You should note, that whenever one purchases brake fluid, it is in a sealed container, once you open that sealed container, it starts absorbing moisture. So, if you bleed your brakes, don't just put the cap back on the bottle with what is left over, discard it, throw it away, or give it to Greenpeace to drink. (Do Not Drink it).

By "servicing the vehicles braking system", I do not mean just "topping up" the brake fluid reservoir. It requires a total change out & requires bleeding the hydraulic braking system by a Mechanic / Engineer.
And quite often, the hydraulic brake fluid cylinders will require honing out & having the rubber cups & springs changed out inside them, sometimes the rubber cups with require changing out with "Oversize Cups", especially after having the cylinders honed. If the cylinder has been honed out before, replace with a Vehicle Manufacturers / OEM new one & not an Alibaba el cheapo Chinese new one.

The Vacuum Braking System should be tested as well, and this also means changing out the Rubber Diaphragms every 12 months, because as you well know, rubber perishes & the diaphragms blow. 

Before the Patong Death Hill, at the Police Checkpoint, have every bus stop & the Police should check the signed & stamped Bus's Brake Servicing Log Book. If not done within the last 6 months, unload all the passengers and place in registered taxis (not Airport Death Vans or Tuk Tuks) at the Bus Company's expense.

To build a tunnel going to Patong would be a total waste of the Thai Taxpayer's Money.

Have a nice day.

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Nasa12 | 12 July 2017 - 06:14:09

To Phuket Governor : Whay 80 to 90 % off all this busses in Phuket some Chines Tourist us are BAANED from Nord Thailand and Bangkok whay ?, but not in Phuket can you please answer that please ? And if you are up from the bed 07.00 in the morning then you take a trip in the hill from Kata to Chalong,and stay from 08.00 to 10.00 and breading in this  clean smoke from this China busses every day.I meet you whit cafe and breakfast that `s will be nice. What about this school in the Hill and all this children, some can get and many want to get lung Canser, because you don`t stop this madness .
And 3 to 4 time a week in the morning from Hilton Arcadia in Karon the High Way Police in the front off about 10 busses whit China people ,the Police help this China Company to take them to so many "Shopping Center" in 1 day are this illegal to rent a High Way Police to take busses around Phuket ?.

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