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Phuket tour bus hits van, tuk-tuk, nearly plunges off Patong Hill

PHUKET: A Phuket tour bus carrying Chinese tourists struck a passenger van and a tuk-tuk while driving over the hills into Patong after 8pm this evening (Aug 6).

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Sunday 6 August 2017, 10:21PM


Four people were reported injured with 25 others reported as “safe”.

According to initial reports, the brakes on the bus, registered in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, “failed” before it struck the passenger van then broke through the guardrail just before the steep descent into Patong.

The front end of the bus rammed into a water mains running parallel to the road, preventing the bus from plunging down the hill.

A tuk-tuk was also involved in the accident. At least one tourist was seen exiting the back of the tuk-tuk safely, while a man remained on the ground beside the vehicle.

Metres away a motorbike was jammed under the front of another passenger van.

Nearby a man lay in the centre of the road with head injuries.

Rescue teams and police have yet to file comprehensive reports of the accident.

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Traffic heading both into and out of Patong remained backed up while efforts continued to transport the injured to medical facilities and clear the wrecks from the busy road.

Tonight’s accident follows a clear call for authorities to take a comprehensive approach to preventing further deaths from runaway tour buses and other heavy vehicle after decades of deadly “brake failures” on Patong Hill.

The call came in a recent online poll by The Phuket News launched after after two tragic tour bus crashes on Patong Hill claimed three lives in less than two weeks. (See story here.)

On the night of July 10, a tour bus crash killed a 10-year-old boy and his father, both Chinese tourists on holiday in Phuket. (See story here.)

That accident came less than two weeks after another runaway tour bus killed a 40-year-old woman who happened to be riding a motorbike on the street where all drivers of out-of-control “brake failure” buses aim to come to a rest, instead of slamming into a concrete wall beside the entrance to the street. (See story here.)

Together, the two accidents left nearly 50 people, mostly tourists, injured.

 

 

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Andy | 07 August 2017 - 10:33:29

Why does the answer have to be an expensive tunnel? There are hills like this all over the world yet buses do not crash on them every week. The brakes fail for only one or more of the following reasons:
the idiot untrained driver drives too fast and loses control.
he does not use low gear for engine braking.
he is constantly riding the brake and "cooks" them.
cheap poor quality brake pads have been fitted that do not dissipate heat or withstand high temperature.

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Concernd | 07 August 2017 - 07:44:46

Again and Again  Accidents on the hill to Patong
For a Tunnel which safe lives
The assumable best secure way to Patong 
How many more ancients have to happen over the hill to Patong which most likely would not happen if there would be a tunnel?
A tunnel will help most likely to assure unfit vehicles, big busses, big truck and inexperienced steep hill drivers will arrive save in Patong 
Patong has das become city so logistically Trucks and Busses will need to access Patong with supplies  
Make sure that it is not possible to overtake in the tunnel with concrete blocks lane separation.
Block and don’t allow unfit truck busses and vehicles over the hill Finance the Tunnel with like they do in Bangkok the Highways Expressways toll .
Think about, be wise 
A strait road through a Tunnel is safer  to drive then a danger curvy steep up and down hill road.
In Alpine Courtiers they build with the right machines tunnels in no time some have be build 100years a ago without modern machines and still are up to date.

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Dazza | 07 August 2017 - 06:43:06

Same old excuse's, "brake failure" are you kidding me!!! the whole world is laughing at you Phuket and your inability to sort out this problem. These so called driver's have no idea how to descend a hill properly and you just turn a blind eye to all the road carnage. When the Chinese stop coming because you kill and injure so many, there wont be hardly any tourists left!! WAKE UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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