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Paramedics treat the woman at the scene of the Phuket City crash

UPDATE Phuket Expat Trying to Cross Bypass Road Killed by Bus

Monday, June 1, 2015
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THE BODY of Russian woman Albina Bashirova, 24, has been flown home for burial. It is believed she was living and working on Phuket at the time of the fatal crash.

Original Report

PHUKET: An expat woman who was struck by a tour bus in Phuket's bypass road early yesterday died from her injuries in hospital within hours.

The bus, heading away from Phuket City, hit the woman outside Gem Gallery soon after she alighted from a tuk-tuk.

''It appears she was about to attempt to cross the bypass road,'' a Kusoldharm Phuket Foundation paramedic said today.

The crash occurred about 1.45am yesterday. The woman, who suffered severe head injuries, died about 4am at Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket City.

The bus, belonging to Phuket Vision, was empty at the time of the crash. A police investigation is continuing.

The woman's name has yet to be revealed. Her body is at Vachira Phuket Hospital.

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RIP. Sad story. Hope police checked driver on alcohol and drugs, and of course, or he has a driving license for driving a tour bus.

Posted by Kurt on June 1, 2015 12:38

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Very sad news. Rest in peace.

Posted by Paradise on June 1, 2015 16:11

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Kurt

Getting hit by a bus in the middle of the night on the Bypass road. This hardly points to the driver being at fault, more like the expat victim was incredibly careless? Maybe drunk in fact.

Posted by christian on June 1, 2015 18:06

Editor Comment:

Not necessarily, christian. Best not to guess.

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I totally agree with Christian. We all know how bad and dangerous the traffic situation is and crossing the bypass road at night is worth being nominated for the Darwin Awards.

Posted by sascha on June 2, 2015 09:58

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Journalists would tell you, sascha, that wild imaginings are illogical. Most people show sympathy when there are needless deaths, especially with so few facts clear. You have no idea what happened. You have a brain. Use it. Try not to be unthinking and callous, please.

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Sorry Ed, but I agree with Christian and Sascha. This is an incredibly sad incident, no question, but it is clearly the pedestrians responsibility when crossing a road to make sure there are no vehicles present. Alighting from a tuktuk and then crossing the road suggests bad judgement, why not stay in the tuk tuk until it has done a U turn and dropped you on the correct side for example?

No one is making an assumptions of anything here, but I fully agree that crossing a busy road in the dark is a dangerous undertaking.

Sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Discover Thainess on June 2, 2015 10:17

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You have no idea what the circumstances were, DT. For all you know, the bus could have been well out of its lane. Alighting from a tuk-tuk suggests absolutely nothing. Would you believe, some people go out and have a good time and remain perfectly sober. There is no point in making foolish judgements without thorough knowledge of what transpired. Your disregard for this woman and the feelings of her family only compounds your error.


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