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Pregnant woman injured as tour bus crunches cars on Patong Hill

PHUKET: A tour bus carrying Russian tourists failed to brake in time to avoid hitting the back of a pickup truck carrying a seven-month-pregnant woman on Patong Hill yesterday afternoon (Feb 25)

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Chutharat Plerin

Monday 26 February 2018, 10:20AM

The accident occurred at the usual locale for tour bus brake failure, in front of Wat Patong on the last steep descent into Patong, just after 1:30pm.

In total, seven vehicles were involved in the multiple collision, confirmed officers from the Patong office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Patong).

The pregnant Thai woman, who was a passenger in a Mazda pickup truck her husband was driving, reported pain to the side of her midriff, but suffered no other obvious injuries.

Regardless, first-responders took the woman to Patong Hospital for further medical examination as a precaution, officials confirmed.

Several of the Russian tourist and the tour guides on board were also taken to Patong Hospital, though no serious injuries were reported

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The bus driver was identified as Kitti Wachatchachon, 39.

Patong Police officers were quick to have the damaged vehicles cleared from blocking the busy road into Patong.

Police have yet to reveal any details of their investigation into the incident, but the bus itself had suffered minor damage to both its front left and front right panels.

The runaway tour bus yesterday came just less than two weeks after another tour bus ran off the road due to “brake failure”.

In that accident, on the night of Feb 13, a Thai woman riding a motorbike sustained serious injuries after being struck by the bus while four Chinese tourists on the bus itself suffered minor injuries. (See story here.)



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Kurt | 26 February 2018 - 14:23:40

Just after 01:30 PM?
That is during time window that busses not allow to go over Patong hill, correct?

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Discover Thainess | 26 February 2018 - 13:27:38

I think the term “brake failure” should not be used anymore and “brain failure” should be used in future.

At least it’s accurate. 

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malczx7r | 26 February 2018 - 13:23:12

Failed to think more than 3 seconds ahead!  Too fast, too close, not paying attention, great, keep it up I say.

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Concernd | 26 February 2018 - 12:32:56

For stricter harsher safety checks every 6 – 12 months on Busses and Trucks (Brakes Tires Engine Lights etc), and a Tunnel to Patong

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Fascinated | 26 February 2018 - 11:45:43

How is 'failed to brake' 'brake failure'?

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