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An injured passenger being treated at a local Phang Nga hospital today

Tourist Bus Flips North of Phuket, Aussies, Americans Feared Injured

Sunday, November 4, 2012
Today's Updating News Report

PHUKET: A tour bus reported to be carrying Australians and Americans has flipped onto its side on a road north of Phuket, local police told Phuketwan today.

The bus crashed at 11.53am on the main road between Phuket and Phang Nga Town, an officer told us from the scene.

''The road was wet at the time,'' he said. ''So far three people have been transferred to hospital.

''There are others still hurt who will need treatment,'' he said. He was speaking from a spot near the village of Khokloi.

Three passengers are being treated at Takuatung Hospital and four more at Phang Nga Hospital. There were 18 tourists on the bus.

The tourists were being transferred from the Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort in the neighboring province of Krabi to the Sawadee Hotel in Patong, on Phuket's west coast, the policeman said.

Initial reports say the tour bus hit a deep pothole and a tyre burst. Because rain had fallen, the driver was unable to control the vehicle and it flipped onto its side.

The roads north of Phuket are frequently used by tourists heading to James Bond Island, the province of Krabi and the Anadaman Sea resort destination of Khao Lak.

Several serious crashes have occurred in Phang Nga this year, including one that killed four young Swedish tourists and their driver when a fish truck became airborne and crushed them.

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It was the road surface; it was the weather conditions; a ghost ran in front of me so I swerved to avoid it. Absolutely any excuse except appalling driving and excessive speeding.

Posted by chrisT on November 4, 2012 13:55

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Posted by dbate_me on November 4, 2012 14:05

Editor Comment:

Back in Australia, dbate_me, most mainstream news organisations are putting uo paywalls so that cheapskates pay for their news. Don't like what we give you? Move on.

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I'm all for a better public transport system but wouldn't it be wise to:

A. Fix the roads to a proper and safe standard and;
B. Teach people to drive properly?

They just save billions on the useless MICE center, so why not plough that into better infrastructure. A few decent sidewalks wouldn't go a miss either.

Too many cooks in the form of Authorities to ever really address or implement what really matters.

Posted by Graham on November 4, 2012 18:15

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I was on the bus and I can confirm that there was no pothole.

Posted by The American on November 4, 2012 22:16

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I like your post, chrisT.
You made a point and made me laugh!

Posted by william on November 4, 2012 22:16

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@ED, read what The American said. Seems you don't like truth about the report from your NEWSPAPER, so be it, you are an a** of an editor, if that is your attitude, ban me now, but that would only go to prove how childish you are and so stupid, I will only create another email account and be back.

Posted by dbate_me on November 5, 2012 07:57

Editor Comment:

dbate_me, only complete nincompoops worry more about the journalists than the issues they write about. How do you know The American is a real person? You don't. More guesswork. And by the way, we're not a newspaper. Feel free to make a complete fool of yourself.

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I was also on the bus Like America Said there was no pot hole I should know I was sitting at the back over the the tyre that supposedly hit it, so believe what u want to believe, u went there.

Posted by one of the aussies on November 5, 2012 10:01

Editor Comment:

The explanation of a pothole seems plausible to anyone who has been on that road and seen the size of some of the potholes. Whether it's true or not, we can't say. If you disagee, ''one of the aussies,'' please tell us what happened. Who said a back tyre blew out? You were there, but you don't seem to have much of a clue about what took place.

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@Ed, as I have said before, if your "journalists" did their job, we would not have to "guess", I mean really, a pothole not photographed, as the cause of an accident, please, what type of reporter do you pay. Why weren't any passengers interviewed, or were ALL injured too badly. By the way, I deliberately called you a NEWSPAPER to get you same old tired response, no matter WHAT you want to call yourself, you post news, so calling it an online newspaper is appropriate. What would you call Phuket Wan, seeing most news is NOT really tourist oriented.

Posted by dbate_me on November 5, 2012 10:01

Editor Comment:

We posted the article within an hour of the crash happening, while the bus passengers were still being assisted from the vehicle, dbate_me. If that's not delivering news fast enough for you, you really are quite a hard-to-please news snob. Why not wait a few days when others will report the incident from a historical perspective? Or learn Thai so you can compare our coverage with more outlets? If a bus crash involving tourists is not tourist-oriented, I don't know what is. In any event, I don't have time for this worthless chitchat. You will have to add something to the conversation and our collective knowledge to be posted in future. All we get from you is worthless guesswork.

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This pot hole... disappeared after the crash? No one else managed to hit this illusive pothole and have an accident?
"I would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for you meddling Farang!"

Posted by Tbs on November 5, 2012 10:07

Editor Comment:

When were you last on that road, tbs? The week before? Last week? Perhaps, like dbate_me, you have the ability to see a great distance without moving. Perhaps, as a matter of course, you prefer insulting, biased rhetoric. We've travelled that road almost every week lately, and the pothole theory is plausible. But unlike you and dbate_me, we don't pretend to know what really happened.

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Posted by From the bus on November 5, 2012 10:45

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Thanks, from the bus, we'll pass on that information. But as there is no name and no contact number to telephone you, we'll use reliable sources to check what happened.

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I actually passed this accident just after it happened and I can CONFIRM that the road just before this accident was full of really deep potholes, I had to break pretty sharply as there were massive holes in the road where they are preparing to re-surface, the road then semed to get okay for about 100 metres but the could have sustained a puncture just before loosing control, I think any passsenger that is saying that there was no pothole must have missed the 2KM of very very bad road surface just before this accident.

Posted by Anonymous on November 5, 2012 15:30

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Ed ... why do you continue with your sometimes disgraceful and unprofessional insults to your readers and moderate or delete their comments that are addressed in a similar fashion to yourself?
Treat your readers with some respect and get off your high horse or as you have said on numerous occasions to your readers ... "move on"!
As this will be posted elsewhere I do not expect it to be published [in part or full] but at least you [or others] will have read it.

Posted by Amazed in Thailand on November 5, 2012 17:51

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Amazed in Thailand, please note that the articles are what Phuketwan does professionally. The comments in response are the opinions of the editor, usually expressed to sane and sensible readers in a tone that is as pleasant as can be. However, when readers exaggerate, concentrate on matters that have nothing to do with the subject of the article or grandstand to suit their own obscure motives, I react accordingly. Post what you like, where you like. We're not likely to ever feel intimidated by you, or any anonymous jester.

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Posted by Amazed in Thailand on November 5, 2012 19:10

Editor Comment:

You seem to have missed this update, Amazed in Thailand. I don't intend to waste my time debating you about our policy. It's our policy. In a democracy, anonymous opinions have no value. From the time of the Greek forum, people stood up to say what they thought . . . having identified themselves. You seem to think your opinion is valid. It's not. You seem to think you know how to argue with logic. You do not. As your posting history on this site proves, you have yet to earn the right to have a say, in any forum. Here are the rules:

PHUKETWAN hereby alters its policy on the posting of Comments and bans whingers, whiners, do-nothings, dingbats, doomsayers, carpers, harpers and kooks. This list may grow with time. Constructive ideas and new pieces of information remain welcome.

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Seemed like a pretty straight forward news story to me. No one knows for sure what actually happened and that is how it was reported. Everyone starts making assumtions based on guess work and when this is pointed out they start debating the journalistic credibility of the staff and the motives of the editor. I'm sure the facts will come out in time.

Posted by Pete on November 6, 2012 07:10

Editor Comment:

Precisely, Pete. Our reporting is too fast and accurate to satisfy the puerile and the picky. They will always know what really happened. Sad people, really.

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You are quite simply the worst and most unprofessional newspaper editor I have ever come across. With the way you insult, abuse and patronise your readers every single day, I'm surprised your publication has any readers left. Here in New Zealand, you wouldn't even get a job as a newspaper delivery boy.

Posted by PeteInNZ on November 11, 2012 10:21

Editor Comment:

I guess you treat editors in New Zealand the way you treat sheep. Baaah. From the sound of your unpublishable second comment, it's the right place for you.


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