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A 17-year-old dies on Patong Hill in the wet this afternoon

Phuket Motorcyclist, 17, Dies Under Bus on Patong Hill

Thursday, October 23, 2014
PHUKET: A motorcyclist slid to his death under a bus on Phuket's Patong Hill this afternoon.

The young man, aged 17, was heading towards Patong in wet weather about 3pm when he failed to take a dangerous downhill left curve.

He slid off the motorcycle and into advancing traffic and was killed when struck by a Pegas bus climbing the hill towards Phuket City.

A new, wider lane for motorcyclists riding towards Patong has been created to improve safety.

The body of the young man, named as Nattiphasn Rittiphan, has been taken to Patong Hospital.

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What happened to the banning of buses and trucks using Patong hill?
Is it still in force?and not enforced or has the idea been scrapped ?

Posted by stu on October 23, 2014 16:21

Editor Comment:

They are supposed to be banned going over to Patong, not coming back.

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That's one of my worst nightmares , I really fear riding in wet conditions. I avoid it as much as possible. And that hill , if anywhere needed an underpass its there.......this is so sad for this young guy and his family.

Posted by carvets on October 23, 2014 16:42

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"A new, wider lane for motorcyclists riding towards Patong has been created to improve safety."

This is not true. They added and moved a line, but it is not for motorbikes. There are no signs I have ever noticed to say its for motorbikes only. Also if you have ever been over the hill, you will see cars/buses/trucks and any other type of vehicle using that lane.

RIP 17 year old child

Posted by Tbs on October 23, 2014 17:16

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The lane is not wide enough for anything except motorcycles.

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Where is the bus?

Posted by DwayneD on October 23, 2014 17:37

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Probably parked out of the way of through traffic.

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This is my continual fear while driving here: that speeding riders lose control and head into my truck. Well, for once, Pegas are not nominally to blame.

Posted by Sam Wilko on October 23, 2014 18:04

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Yes, It's a nice wide lane for motorcycles. However most of the time it's taken over by Tourist vans and taxis SPEEDING to Patong. RIP to the young boy- my prayers to his parents!

Posted by hotgem on October 23, 2014 18:18

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Where is the bus? Usually the vehicle involved is shown on PW.Did the bus leave the scene?Was a bus actually involved?

Posted by DwayneD on October 23, 2014 18:34

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Easy to solve the problem of cars and mini vans in a motorcycle lane, put in cemented in metal poles every 20 meters. Motorbikes and salengs will be able to avoid them, but not other vehicles. If people want to drive like sheep, herd them like sheep. Simple.

Posted by Duncan B on October 23, 2014 20:01

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Dear Mr. Editor... If the lane is not wide enough for you: Try again! All other cars use it to pass by...

Posted by Rupert on October 24, 2014 08:10

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It's definitely narrower than a lane for four-wheel vehicles but that may not stop impatient motorists from using it. One of the problems with Phuket is that some drivers learn on motorcycles, progress to cars, but fail to adapt the way they travel in traffic.

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@Duncan B : The first to hit the poles are the cyclists. No good idea...

Posted by Rupert on October 24, 2014 08:13

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Duncan,

They tried that concrete post idea in many places in Thailand about 15 yrs ago, caused more deaths than saved so idea was scrapped

Posted by Michael on October 24, 2014 08:39

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Nowhere in this story is it mentioned he was forced of the road by somebody using the motorbike lane. He failed to take s curve and slid over to the wrong side of the road. Clearly a drivers mistake. Cars might drive crazily here but that's NOTHING compared to how people on motorbikes drive, which is like 10 times worse

Posted by christian on October 24, 2014 13:40

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Very sad for the family, but 17 on a motorbike without a driverslicense like many, I suppose.
Let no children drive in Phuket's crazy traffic.

Posted by Lucho on October 24, 2014 18:00

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@ Rupert and Michael. Rupert kick their guide dogs in the ribs and make sure their eyes are open. Ok that solves that one. Michael, tough if the riders can't ride slow enough to turn and lean their bikes out of the path of the concrete poles. There will always be excuses and dead kids. So watch gleng jai in action. No like it.... you know the rest. Its not our kids dying, so ignore the carnage on the roads.

Posted by Duncan B on October 24, 2014 19:32


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