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Tour bus brakes fail on Patong Hill

PHUKET: The driver of a tour bus was forced to veer off the road while descending Patong Hill just after 9am today (Sept 16) in order to bring the bus to a stop after the brakes on the bus failed.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 16 September 2018, 12:25PM

The bus came to a halt at the bottom of Patong Hill. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The bus came to a halt at the bottom of Patong Hill. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

No people were injured in the incident.

The bus, registered in Phuket and operated by Piyachoke Sakorn Co Ltd, came to a halt near the Kathu Shooting Range at the bottom of the steep descent on the Kathu side of the hill.

Lt Amphon Wattanangruang of the Kathu Police reported that the bus was carrying 23 Vietnamese tourists from a hotel in the Patong area to go to the airport.

The driver of the bus was taken to Kathu Police Station for further questioning while offials arranged for the bus to be safely recovered from the scene.



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Galong | 18 September 2018 - 09:39:22

See if Bill Murray will come to the Patong hill to do a remake of 'Groundhog Day'.

CaptainJack69 | 17 September 2018 - 11:49:24

Of course all blame can be laid on the brakes themselves, there are no human beings who are responsible for making sure that these in-animate objects perform their designed function.  After all, here in the real world, high ware components in mechanical systems take care of themselves and never ever need replacing. Brake failure?!

malczx7r | 17 September 2018 - 11:14:10

According to another newspaper, the driver was fined 3000b but the company was not charged for not servicing the bus!

malczx7r | 17 September 2018 - 11:09:30

What happened to the checks that were going to be carried out on all buses??

Kurt | 16 September 2018 - 16:26:18

Can we make this a bit of "hard talk', please?
09:00 AM, nothing wrong with the road. When was this bus last time certified to be a good overall bus?
Phuket registered and operated, so bus owner knows all details of Patong/Kathu hill, and of course of the non skills of the driver. So, what is next?  Any repercussions? Nooo, a bit of brown envelops, and we look forward for the next bus. ...

eriksen | 16 September 2018 - 15:55:59

Damn Brakes..

rankl124 | 16 September 2018 - 14:16:58

Never happened and now again

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