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The flipped minivan that crashed on Phuket yesterday evening

Phuket Tourist Van Flips, Five Malaysians Opt to Continue Airport Journey

Saturday, August 29, 2015
PHUKET: Five Malaysian passengers in a minivan that flipped on the way to the Phuket International Airport late yesterday opted to continue their journey even though two were slightly injured.

The crash came at 5.45pm when driver Manit Rattanapan, 46, lost control at a bend in the Kathu-Nakao Road, a shortcut between Kathu and Thepkasattri Road.

Police believe speed was a factor and have charged Khun Manit with dangerous driving.

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It really would be nice to have some police speed and traffic regulation checks on this road. The number of vans and taxis cutting corners,passing dangerously and failing to give way at a clearly designated "Stop' sign at the Kathu T Junction, makes this route a regular short-cut to disaster.Accidents daily since the Thepkasattri and Bipass roadworks.

Posted by Hugh Jarse on August 29, 2015 11:42

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Five Malaysian passengers in a minivan that flipped on the way to the Phuket International Airport late yesterday opted to continue their journey even though two were slightly injured.
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Did they opt to continue their journey using the same driver??

Posted by Simon Luttrell on August 29, 2015 12:43

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A Buddhist amulet or two on the dashboard and a few garlands of flowers on the mirror and many think they are immortal and protected from accidents. They aint.

Posted by Arun Muruga on August 29, 2015 18:09

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I fully agree with Hugh Jarse.I drive on this road almost daily and the Taxi and Minivan drivers overtake in curves etc. and keep very high speed. The most dangerous Drivers in Phuket are the "So Called" " Professional Drivers"

Posted by Mj on August 29, 2015 18:57

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Great! I was already having sleepless nights coz of the lack of flipping over vans/busses. Luckily 1 again finally.!
Loosing control of any vehicle on Phuket is always due to factor speed, and should be seen as a criminal act.
On Phuket one can not speed, to much traffic.

Posted by Kurt on August 29, 2015 19:45

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There is a reason that i will never take a minivan to anywhere, and this is exactly why. The most stupid, wanna be formula 1 drivers behind the wheel, with no responsibility whatsoever for the passengers. But of course, as so many times, our dear Ed does not agree, as he mentioned in another great article that Phuket would be better off being a minivan only province.And as we all know, he will react to my comment like a child that didn't get his milk and honey in the morning.

Posted by Carl on August 29, 2015 23:37

Editor Comment:

There are good minivan drivers and bad minivan drivers and it's not the minivan's fault, Carl. Most people can figure out that although driving skills need to be improved, minivans are not going to block traffic as regularly as large buses and trucks.

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Glad to be back in the UK, life is more protected here.

Posted by Culture difference on August 30, 2015 04:10

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If you stay out of public places and especially pubs, you'll be perfectly safe.

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Arun,
Are you suggesting the specific placement of amlets are not equal to air bags and are just hot air brags.

Posted by MoW on August 30, 2015 05:46


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