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Taxi causes nine-vehicle carnage on Patong Hill

PHUKET: A taxi driver carrying tourists from the UAE was involved in a multi-vehicle crash yesterday morning (Apr 4) on Patong Hill.

By Waranya Prompinpiras

Friday 5 April 2019, 06:45PM

Patong Police Chief Col Anotai Jindamanee told The Phuket News today (Apr 5), “The accident happened at about 10am in front of the Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort and caused major traffic on the hill.”

“The accident was caused by a white Toyota Alphard Vellfire taxi which was carrying a family of tourists from Dubai,” he explained.

“The taxi was heading to Patong from Kathu and when it got near Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort, the driver was unable to stop and hit a car in front. It then swerved to the right and hit another car, causing collisions with several other vehicles,” Col Anotai said.

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“In total, five cars were were damaged as well as four motorbikes which were parked at the side of the road.”

“A young girl from Dubai who was in the taxi had a minor injury on her nose and was taken to Patong Hospital. She left hospital later that night and the family are scheduled to return to Dubai tonight,” Col Anotai told The Phuket News.

“Police are still investigating the incident, and once complete, will decide on the relevant charges to be filed,” he added.



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Kurt | 08 April 2019 - 12:49:09

There will be never a 'Patong-Kathu' tunnel.   And if,.if..,than it will be more dangerous than Patong Hill.
Getting trapped in a accident traffic jam in a thai tunnel? Explosions, fire?  Phuket is no Italy, France or Swiss.  I will stick to the 'hill'. :-)
Stricter/correct (!) traffic law enforcement will remain a dream.

Fascinated | 08 April 2019 - 12:37:54

Anyone who thinks a tunnel will ever be built is living in cloud cuckoo land. The money was in the 'feasibility study'.

Concerned | 08 April 2019 - 08:03:23

For a save way to Patong for a Tunnel to Patong. 
And stricter Law enforcement on reckless and traffic law ignoring drivers.  

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