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Nine-year-old survivor Nattawan  Hanchang on Phuket today

Fatal Five Death Crash BMW 'a Black Taxi on Phuket Route'

Monday, February 20, 2012
PHUKET: Survivors of the tragic crash that killed five people and left 24 injured are being treated in several Phuket hospitals.

Nine-year-old Nattawan Hanchang is one of them.

She was in Vachira Phuket Hospital today, still sore and suffering from head injuries. One person remains in a serious condition in intensive care at the Phuket City hospital.

Visiting the injured today was Supasak Pokaboot, a former chief and council leader of the village of Thung Maphrao in Phang Nga, where all the victims came from.

''It's distressing to have the driver of the bus blamed when the fault lay entirely with the driver of the BMW,'' Khun Supasak said. ''He was a 'black' taxi driver, making trips between Phuket and Khao Lak,. transferring tourists.

''He had his Thai girlfriend in the car when the crash took place.

''It will be years before our village recovers from this. Most of the vicitms were related.''

Four people have been allowed to leave hospital and 20 more were in hospitals on Phuket, today at Vachira Phuket Hospital, at Phuket International Hospital and Bangkok Hospital Phuket, and at three hospitals in Phang Nga.

The group had gone to a house in Kata, a beach resort on the west coast of Phuket, to mourn a relative at a private home. They were heading home to the village when the crash occurred in rain.

Khun Supasak said: ''Some of the people who came on the bus managed to get rides in cars back to Phang Nga. As it turned out, they chose wisely.''

It is believed all of the dead were adult men. The illegal taxi clipped the bus as it overtook it, sending the bus into a tree and overturning it, spilling out passengers about 9.40pm on Saturday.

The identity of a sixth person, who police said collapsed and died at the scene of the crash on viewing the havoc, is not known.

Killed
Chukieat Rakmuen:43
Sanit Jantanu :64
Wichot Chaolert :65
Sawat Jantanu :70
Thawon Miengdang :71

Injured
Winat Seangdang :49 2 teaw driver
Somsak Hanchang :57
Sujin Kongritpittaya :45
Suriya Doypakob :40
Jantima Hatsakan :40
Samart Intarak :67
Nantawan Hanchang :52
Banjob Sakunkeaw :34
Tim Longdeaw :53
Jarern Kitkanna:57
Chaiwat Hanchang :34
Sopon Hanchang :53
Prateep Kitkanna :48
Jamnong Mairea :54
Thawat Hanchang :46
Sureerat Hanchang :38
Moiyyoon Jantanu :59
Sanguan Hanchan :65
Surajit Hanchang :43
Kuanta Ansuwan :45
Siewain Chuduang :58
Boonruen Klomklieng :47
Kue Sombat :64
Nattawan Hanchang :9

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Have either drivers been tested for alcohol ??
Having been at a funeral wake all day, it deserves to be known.

Posted by LivinLOS on February 21, 2012 07:18

Editor Comment:

Most Thai funerals are sober affairs.

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Ed, youv got to be kidding, only been to a dusin funerals here but all have been heavy drinking for at least 5 days. Countryside and Muang.

Posted by katabeachbum on February 21, 2012 10:46

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Do you associate with heavy drinkers, katabeachbum? Certainly there's traditional card-playing behind the coffin but the ones I've been to haven't been drunken - quite the opposite. Anyway, it's off the topic.

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As you ask Ed, I have to reply. I assosiate with Thais and expats from all level of sosicety with all kinds of relation to alcohol. My point was most funerals seem to be influenced by alcohol, and thus LivinLOS question seemed very related to this car crash. As this funeral took place just around the corner from where I live, the relevance of LiL question remains

Posted by katabeachbum on February 21, 2012 11:13

Editor Comment:

If the BMW driver was at fault, as has been suggested by everyone we've spoken to so far, the alcohol in his blood seems to be the main consideration. Perhaps I just go to sombre funerals or leave too early.


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