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Phuket Crash Kills Russian as Car Hits Ditch North of Patong

Saturday, November 17, 2012
PHUKET: A Russian man was killed early today when he lost control of his car on the Phuket west coast road between Patong and Kamala.

The car crashed into a ditch on a dangerous, winding stretch of the road north of Kalim.

The Toyota Vios, heading towards Kamala, ended in the ditch on the opposite side of the road about 6.10am.

Kusoldharm Foundation paramedics took the man's body to Patong Hospital. A nurse said that friends of the man had been notified.

It's not known whether he was wearing a seatbelt.

On Thursday, at a meeting with Phuket Governor Governor Maitree Inthusud, Patong Deputy Mayor Chairat Sukban listed this stretch of road as especially dangerous because the painted central line had worn away.

He also said the coast road stretch south between Patong and Karon was unsafe at night because street lighting had failed and was yet to be replaced.

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On the way from Patong to Karon the lighting is not the problem, but the usual potholes and cracks, especially in the corner next to the entry to Centara Grand. About 2 weeks after the last repairs they all re-appeared. When oh when will someone be able to fix that problem forever?

The next is the hairpin-turn around Centara Grand with the permanent flooding. Algae start to grow on the road and make it absolutely treacherous for motorbikes. I saw quite a few sliding under the guardrail already...

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on November 17, 2012 13:10

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The comment about the road from Patong to Karon needing lighting's very true, always need to put on full beam & slow down in some parts of this road. Someone was killed here recently, can something be done about it? Hope so.

Posted by Anonymous on November 17, 2012 13:33

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Half of the entire Chao Fah West road between Central Festival and Chalong round-a-bout has no lighting due to streetlights not working.

Posted by Sir Burr on November 17, 2012 15:14

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When on those stretches of unlit roads, why not adjusting the speed, instead of blaming something else? Don't misunderstand me, I would love to see all the street lights working and potholes repaired, but it's not likely to happen soon, so be careful out there.

Posted by Charles on November 17, 2012 22:03

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@Charles: While I can remember the location of every hole/crack on the way (driving that road at least twice a day) I think of the visitors who did not study "potholigy" before coming here....

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on November 18, 2012 22:17

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Roads do not kill, unless youre in Phuket and the road just crumbles away under you.
I recon that speeding and bad driving skills, kills the majority of road accident victims. I wont mention the stupidity of not wearing a proper helmet when riding a 2 / 3 wheel motorcycle.

Posted by Graham on November 19, 2012 12:22


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