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Call for Patong Hill caution as tour bus involved in multiple-vehicle wipeout

Call for Patong Hill caution as tour bus involved in multiple-vehicle wipeout

PHUKET: Patong Police are urging motorists to exercise caution over Patong Hill after a slew of collisions on the busy road today (Jan 23), following a six-wheeled truck wiping out six vehicles late yesterday afternoon.

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By The Phuket News

Wednesday 23 January 2019, 09:31PM


Capt Jaruwat Jiamnaka of the Patong Traffic Police issued the call for caution this morning after a tour bus and a pickup truck sideswiped each other on the busy road at about 10am.

The pickup truck was travelling downhill into Patong and the tour bus was climbing the hill out of Patong when they struck each other.

"There were no injuries in the accident, and both vehicles were soon moved out of traffic's way," Capt Jaruwat explained.

Another tour bus arrived soon after and carried the tourists on with their journey, he added.

"I don't know what nationality the tourists were, but they were all safe," he said.

However, that accident paled in comparison to the multi-vehicle wipeout that happened in front of Wat Patong about 3:40pm this afternoon when a tour bus, two passenger vans, several passenger cars, and a pickup truck and a motorbike were all involved in a series of collisions at the bottom of the hill at about 3:40pm.

The two vans collided head-on in front of Wat Patong. Several passenger cars were involved in collisions immediately nearby.

The pickup truck and the motorbike collided on the small road that joins the Patong Hill road partway up the hill, but the tour bus remained skewed across the road heading out of Patong at the bottom of the hill, where a six-wheeled truck sat in front of it jammed into a power pole.

Three people were reported as injured in the collisions, police reported.

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All the wrecks strewn across the main road caused havoc for traffic for hours after.

Meanwhile, Patong Police have confirmed that the driver of a runaway six-wheeled truck that struck several cars before slamming head-on into another truck in front of Wat Patong late yesterday afternoon (Jan 22) has been charged with reckless driving and operating an unsafe vehicle.

The driver, Boonloam Boonprom, who claimed that the brakes of the truck failed while he was descending the hill into Patong, was charged with reckless driving causing injury and reckless driving causing property damage, and operating a vehicle unfit for use on public roads, confirmed Lt Chanat Hongsittichaikul of the Patong Police.

Boonloam and Suthut Aompana, the driver of the truck that Boonloam's six-wheeler slammed into head-on, both had to be cut free from the wrecks and taken to Patong Hospital.

Mr Suthut’s injuries were given as “serious”.

A third person injured in the accident, 17-year-old motorbike rider Inthira Yudee, was also taken to hospital. The extent of her injuries were not reported. (See story here.)

The slew of accidents spurred Patong Traffic Police Capt Jaruwan to repeat his call for caution: "Please drive safely and be careful on the road over Patong Hill. Accidents happen on this road many times."

 

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malczx7r | 26 January 2019 - 11:03:35

The only real solution is for Thailand to implement a real meaningful driving test that involves real learning and having a highways police department that does something other than escort VIP's!

vegasbaby | 24 January 2019 - 19:55:01

Combine a poorly engineered hazardous road with whacked out unsafe drivers, add poorly maintained buses, trucks and motorbikes and you have one of the most dangerous roadways in the world.   Installing rumble strips and speed bumps might slow people down; having escorted traffic might be a solution to the numerous crashes.  Shaving the hill and rebuilding the road is the only remedy.

Fascinated | 24 January 2019 - 13:25:31

Nothing 'accidental' about these crashes. All of them were preventable if drivers knew how to drive and the vehicles were roadworthy. I always breathe a sigh of relief when I'm over it.

Kurt | 24 January 2019 - 10:28:36

Seems Patong Hill gets 'on track' again with number of 'accidents'. Keep it up! Beat the statistics. Well, it is just for the paper, not for use to reduce the accidents. Instead of being speeding escort for VIP busses to hotels, a few High Way Patrol cars should be stationed permanent at Phuket Hill for 'worlds' safety image of Phuket.  Caution calls not work, right?

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