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The tourist bus after flipping north of Phuket today

Tourist Bus Flips North of Phuket: 10 Admitted to Hospitals, Five Seriously Hurt

Sunday, December 14, 2014
PHUKET: Five people were seriously hurt when a bus carrying Chinese tourists flipped onto its side while failing to take a dangerous curve north of Phuket today.

Ten people from the 24-seat bus, which set out from Phuket, were taken to hospital.

Five were admitted to Phang Nga Hospital while five who were more seriously injured were transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket City.

Three others on the bus were treated and allowed to leave.

The An Xin Tour bus failed to take the Phu Nga curve, which comes just before the right-hand turn to the pier for Panyee island off the main road between Phuket and Phang Nga Town.

Driver Sanya Anantapeach, 36, told police it was raining and he lost control of the vehicle on the curve.

The bus was carrying 10 Chinese tourists, a Chinese guide, a Thai guide and the bus driver.

It was bound for the Bor Saen Villa and Spa at Thap Put district in Phang Nga.

Reasons for the crash are likely to be closely examined by officials from the new Chinese Government consul-general office that recently opened on Phuket to improve tourism safety.

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This is becoming a far too common an occurrence such that the authorities need to (a) take note & (b) make some meaningful action to stop this carnage.

The tour buses & minibuses literally try to drive everyone else off the road. Always the same lame excuse - 'it was raining' or 'the road was slippery'. Never 'driving too fast' or 'untrained or unskilled drivers'.

Posted by Logic on December 14, 2014 15:47

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If you drive stupid and too fast, you lose control over your vehicle. That's the only reason. When it rains, you have to reduce your speed.

Posted by steve on December 14, 2014 15:57

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It was raining, and that's why he lost control? What about adjusting your speed to the weather conditions, you dumbo.

Posted by Carl on December 14, 2014 16:06

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"Reasons for the crash are likely to be closely examined" - We do not need Einstein for this, maybe it is caused by driving too fast for the conditions? Is there any punishment for these drivers as they do not in many cases change their driving ways. So often we hear about these types of accidents most popular is brake failure, very rarely does a driver say it is their fault.

Posted by Fiesty Farang on December 14, 2014 16:42

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@ Logic

It is not "becoming", it is and has been for quite some time already. Repeat accident with the same MO and excuses. i.e. rain, failed brakes, picking up a plastic bag. Anything except driver error. Always and forever.

I will go to extreme lengths to avoid any public road or sea transport in Thailand. I value my life far too much to take such a serious gamble.

I wonder if anyone knows the Thai word for " Accountability ". I sure have never heard it being said in my 10y here and I do speak almost fluent Thai.

Posted by Herbert on December 14, 2014 17:02

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did the Chinese Guide have a work permit? I thought tour guide jobs were reserved for Thai Nationals

Posted by shwe on December 14, 2014 17:17

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@ Herbert

You are so right - 'becoming' was wrong. 'always has been' is more appropriate. But I do believe the incidence of accidents is on the increase, or maybe they are just being better reported.

I have been all over Thailand for almost 20 years & have been in 1 bus accident & seen all too many. The authorities need to act, but that has been stated for years.

Posted by Logic on December 14, 2014 19:15

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we live in Naiharn and every day we make a trip to promthep cape with our motor bike. We still take our hart when we see whow the busses flight over the street up and down the hill . They drive very stuppid and take not take attention with motorbike who are very small .

Posted by malena on December 14, 2014 21:51

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SPEEDING......per completely normal and accepted.

Posted by Nobama on December 15, 2014 10:27


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