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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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By Eakkapop Thongtub

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 ...

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 po...

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....

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! 

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 des...

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.

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 throu...

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 ir...

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

THE PATONG DEATH HILL STRIKES AGAIN !!!

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 sy...

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 me...

Foot | 11 July 2017 - 18:14:38

An emergency meeting to what purpose?
These bus death and destruction crashes will continue until local authorities decide to have police along the downside of Patong Hill.  A strong police presence will send a message to the drivers to descend very slowly in low gear.  Also, have police technicians stop the buses in Kathu, crawl under it and at least visually inspect the brakes, before the hill....

Jor12 | 11 July 2017 - 15:54:53

CaptainJack69...how and what the company employs staff to cater for its clients is their prerogative. That doesn't extend to payments to bus companies - or anyone else for the matter who provides goods or services for them.

Nasa12 | 11 July 2017 - 15:01:39

R.I.P.to 10 Years boy Liu Jierui and his father Liu Fei, 36.

petermach | 11 July 2017 - 14:32:57

we will hear very soon again about the famous tunnel under Patong Hill, project which we speak about for decades , how many dead before to consider it seriously

CaptainJack69 | 11 July 2017 - 13:09:02

2 "tour guides" and 2 "Tour guide leaders"? Could it be the company sees the need to employ foreign guides in addition to the Thai guides the current law stipulates? Nah, Thai guides are perfect right?

Consider that the tour company had 5 staff on board to look after 31 guests. That's 6 guests per staff member. Then ask yourself why they'd pay for that and not pay fo...

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