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Phuket visa run van wipeout: 3 dead, 7 injured

PHUKET: At least three people are dead and seven more are injured after a visa run van from Phuket slammed into house in Phang Nga this morning (Dec 21).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 21 December 2016, 10:46AM

Among the dead are two Russian men, police said.

The van slid off a bend and slammed into a house in Muang District* at 7:30am.

The van was carrying 10 people from Phuket to Satun on a visa run operated by Phuket-based KBV Visa Run, said Capt Chatree Pienkhayai of the Phang Nga City Police.

In the van were Thai nationals, Russians and at least one Indonesian, he said.

Two Russians and one “Asian national” woman were reported dead at the scene when emergency first-responders arrived.


Three passengers were still trapped inside the van, forcing the rescue workers to use “jaws of life” hydraulic cutters to free them from the wreck.

The three dead and seven passengers, some of them with serious injuries, were all taken to Phang Nga Hospital in Phang Nga Town.

The van driver, Prawit Raweewat, 33, told police that it was raining when he lost control of his vehicle on the bend.

Calls to KBV Visa Run in Phuket this morning were not answered.

* Not the neighbouring district of Thap Put as originially reported.



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Burhou007 | 30 December 2016 - 10:29:45

On occasions senior figures in Phuket's governmental departments have been good enough to reply to letters in the Phuket News. This horrendous latest mini bus Visa run crash needs involvement from such senior figures. We are told that many Visa issues cannot be dealt with within Thailand and that people must leave the country in order to do so and then return; the new METV being such an exampl...

stegee | 22 December 2016 - 12:02:38

unfortunately my company are told that tourist visas cannot be converted to required non-imm b visas in phuket and that new staff must leave the country to obtain the necessary visa required for the work permit application.. i always tell them that they can arrange the trip themselves but most choose the visa run companies for convenience... 
also why would anyone book a visa run to satun which t...

LES | 22 December 2016 - 00:45:13

Sadly this has been going on for years. You do have to wonder at the majority of these bus drivers and if they have a death wish. Many years ago i told a driver to slow down and he just laughed at me, so i reported him, other users should do the same or avoid. Very sad for these casualities

bustermanidogs | 21 December 2016 - 23:58:31

The company should publicly be named and shamed and lose their license to carry to carry passengers. This is exactly why people do not want to hire phuket buses because of the under skilled drivers. If a member of my family were killed, the driver would soon follow. I hope the driver loses his job his family his freedom. I am putting together a report on all the deaths in phuket in 1 year and will...

Kurt | 21 December 2016 - 20:28:37

Visa Run?  Travel 'Quality'!
Take a return flight to Penang/Kuala Lumpur/Hanoi/Singapore.
And make it a 3-5 day short and safe enjoyable holiday.
Go and come back in good health. 
Don't give your life in hands of these thai idiots who not care about their own life, so for sure not yours!

Guess that Mini Van driver, if he is not injured, drives tomorrow again like crazy in anothe...

Rich 44 | 21 December 2016 - 20:20:42

You can avoid using them but good luck if you are driving with your family when one of these reckless drivers smashes into your car. I hope the police crack down!. Perhaps they make $ based on how many Visa runs they do in a day.
Why not use the great internet technology of the modern day and use it to accomplish the visa requirements at the local police station? or even your home?

Doneit | 21 December 2016 - 18:22:27

In the past I have had to do many visa runs, and used many different companies. I have on occasions called the company whilst on a run, and complained that the driver was texting and making calls while driving. The driver then asked who had complained. I owned up and said if you want to die, that's up to you but we the passengers don't. Safer way to do it is to advertise and get peop...

Foot | 21 December 2016 - 17:21:25

Used KBV many times, but, they're all the same.  Every time, we came close to having a wreck at sped at least 3 times.  Every time!
I constantly told the driver to slow down, as well as telling the shop manager that he was a reckless driver.  Nothing done since Thais don't seem to respect life.

It all comes down to the legal entities enforcing safety rules, which they refuse to do.

TTT TonyTheTiger | 21 December 2016 - 12:16:20

It is so ridiculous.  Those Visa Run drivers love to race each other at extremely high speeds, while the Russians "egg" them on. I went on one, about 4 or 5 years ago and had to "yell" at the laughing Driver and Thai coordinator.  I forced them to stop and demanded my money be refunded.  I did not get my money back, but I have and never will be a passenger in one of those obvio...

Longlivedixie | 21 December 2016 - 11:54:10

EVERY single Visa run mini-bus I have been on the drivers drove like absolute maniacs. I had to quit using them. They are insanely dangerous. 

It was not the wet roads that caused was driving TOO FAST on the wet roads. Dry or wet roads, they ALWAYS drive like maniacs!!

Kurt | 21 December 2016 - 11:45:20

Wow, That was a very, very high speed wipeout! ( impact photo's)
With full weight load of driver, passengers + luggage.
Yup, these 'cookie tins' than are going to loose grip in a wet bend with high speed.
Perhaps partial aquaplaning due to not enough tire profile?
We never will hear about that.

Hope KBV Visa Run has a good passenger health & accident insurance.

Van Accident | 21 December 2016 - 11:40:46

Another van accident resulting in multiple fatalities!

How fast was the driver going? I guess he survived.

"The van driver, Prawit Raweewat, 33, told police that it was raining when he lost control of his vehicle on the bend."

Asterix | 21 December 2016 - 10:49:43


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