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Newly arrived Chinese tourist injured in Phuket car accident

PHUKET: A newly arrived female Chinese tourist was injured in the early hours of this morning after the car she was travelling in was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle in Thalang. The driver of the vehicle and his other two passengers escaped unharmed.

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Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 7 September 2017, 12:32PM

Thalang Police received a report of the accident, which happened near the Tha Yang Bridge on Don Jom Thao Rd in Baan Don, Thalang at 5:50am today (Sept 7).

Lt Suporn Muangkhai of the Thalang Police arrived at the scene together with Kusoldharm rescue workers to find a Bangkok-registered white Nissan Almera smashed into a Phuket-registered silver Honda HR-V.

The injured party, Ms Zhang Si Ting, 32, from China, who was a passenger in the Nissan Almera, was taken to Thalang Hospital.

The driver of the Almera was named as Mr Wang Lin, 32, from Shanghai while the driver of the Honda HR-V was named as Ms Theenida Poksakul, 24, an employee of Thai Airways at Phuket International Airport.

Mr Wang told police that he and three friends, one male and two females, arrived at Phuket International Airport prior to the accident and had rented their vehicle at the airport.

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“We were heading to Kamala. As I am not used to the roads in Phuket I lost control at the bend and collided with the other car. My male friend, one of my female friends and myself were uninjured,” Mr Wang said.

Ms Theenida told police that she was heading for work at Phuket International Airport from Kamala.

“It was too late to avoid the accident after I saw the other car lose control at the bend,” she said.

Lt Suporn said, “We are investigating the accident to see if any charges will be pressed.”



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Kurt | 07 September 2017 - 19:43:07

Sad start of a holiday for these Chinese tourists.
Arriving in the middle of the night at Phuket airport from China were they are right hand driving the chinese tourist driver starts off with a few handicaps.
-- Tired after the night flight.
-- Change from right hand to left hand driving.
-- Searching while driving for the hotel location.

Much better to take a minivan/taxi from airport to hotel, and rent next day a car via hotel reception.
However, in a minivan or taxi you can get ripped of, or worse, the driver falls asleep.

It is like a choice, do you like to be bitten by the cat or the dog?

Well, we can be sure that the accident was just the beginning of a 'thai law enforcement period of time' for these tourists. Not much of holiday pleasure.

The public statement of the chinese tourist driver was not very clever to make..

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simon01 | 07 September 2017 - 13:16:28

Not used to the roads, not used to driving and as many know most have problems walking in the street ( or roads) and being clueless as to whats going on around them. In reality its safer for all if they get the taxi rather than drive cars or bikes as they do not know where they are going and how to drive. Sad but also stupidity. Just glad the girl on her way to work was not hurt. 

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