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At the scene where three people were hurt in a crash on Sarasin Bridge today

Three Hurt in Phuket Bridge Crash That Replays Deaths of Two Boys

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
PHUKET: Three people were injured when a motorcycle struck the back of a sightseeing car on a popular Phuket bridge this afternoon.

The crash came within 50 meters of the spot where a boy and a young man were killed in a similar fatal smash just days ago on Sarasin Bridge.

The first crash came on the Phuket side of the middle of the bridge and today's crash, 50 metres on, occurred on the Phang Nga side, triggering a response by Phang Nga police.

The car, parked to take in the view across the channel that divides the island of Phuket from the Thai mainland, appeared to be driven by a foreigner.

The three people on the motorcycle that crashed into the rear of the vehicle were taken to Thalang Hospital.

In an earlier crash on May 5, a boy aged six and the older boy riding the motorcycle died in hospital after slamming into the rear of a car parked so its occupants could take in the view.

That crash led to calls for a sign warning about the danger of cars parked on the bridge.

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That bridge needs signs and speed humps to focus on dangers - last time I drove over it a Toyota sedan must have been doing at least 180kmh exiting Phuket yes 180 I was in the fast lane on a motorbike if I had noticed too late and moved across maybe at the same time he thought I was not going to move I would not be writing this now. He is an idiot driving probably without a license.

Posted by Thailand is for Thais on May 12, 2015 17:49

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I am surprised it, a car crashes on a car on the bridge maybe, but a small motorbike? Already little space on the bridge. Like headless you have to drive or blind (the motorbike)? It happen over and over again the same accidents and no one wants to see why. Just stupid park and thai style ride a motorcycle.

Posted by steve on May 12, 2015 18:18

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sightseeing from bridges vehs travelling in emergency lanes a sign be nice but be ignored by most as a silly sign unless they add 3000 baht fine all common sense seems ignored.

Posted by slickmelb on May 12, 2015 20:24

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sightseeing from bridges vehs travelling in emergency lanes a sign be nice but be ignored by most as a silly sign unless they add 3000 baht fine all common sense seems ignored.

Posted by slickmelb on May 12, 2015 20:24

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That crash led to calls for a sign warning about the danger of cars parked on the bridge.
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Perhaps it would be a better option to forbid car parking on the bridge.

No sorry - that is too sensible....

Posted by Simon Luttrell on May 12, 2015 21:05

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Simon Luttrell

Perhaps it would be a better option to forbid car parking on the bridge.
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I think it already forbidden by the Land traffic act, B.E.2522, Section 55(c)

http://thailaws.com/law/t_laws/tlaw0140_5.pdf

Posted by Sue on May 13, 2015 02:54

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Nothing is wrong with the bridge. The usual three lanes, the traffic is not heavier than anywhere else.

The inner lane however you call it has some parked cars or ghost riders on it like everywhere in the country.

Normally it's impossible not to see it.

But like everywhere in the coutry some people drive their vehicles additionally. Calling, texting, have fun with co driver.

This happens all the time and everywhere, if it happens at the bridge and after a fatal crash its in the news.

Posted by Georg The Viking on May 13, 2015 07:40

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As tragic as this story is, if the driver of the motorbike could drive properly and sensibly this accident would not have happened. Either the bike was travelling too close to the car before it stopped or the bike driver was not paying attention. Okay the driver of the car should not have parked on the bridge, but cars do break down sometimes and if it occurs on the Sarasin Bridge does that mean that every motorbike will crash into it?. Thai driving culture was responsible for this accident the blame si on both parties.

Posted by PP farang on May 13, 2015 09:34

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To me it is a complete mystery how a light motorbike can run into the back of a parked car. It happens all over Phuket, not only on that bridge. The bypass is 'famous' for it too. ( parked lorries)
Traffic signs are not the answer. Drivers with a driving license know the traffic laws ( were and where not to park), respect or violate the law.
Drive from Phuket town, pass by Homepro Village Chalong to Rawai. Now almost once every 500 meters a nice international 50 km speed limit sign. No thai driver, car or motorbike respect that. So, signs on that bridge are just a waist of money. People have to obey existing traffic laws. If you don't, try a accident, with risk to die. Quite simple.

Posted by Kurt on May 13, 2015 09:34

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So the other boy who was reported as seriously injured died as well.

Sad.

Posted by stevenl on May 13, 2015 14:29


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