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Phuket mini-van driver, passenger injured when driver rear-ends parked bus

PHUKET: The driver of a mini-van and one of his passengers sustained serious injuries today when the driver rear-ended a parked tour bus in Koh Kaew.

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Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 1 September 2017, 11:41AM


The driver of the minivan slammed into the bus parked outside a 7-Eleven on Thepkrassattri Rd in Koh Kaew. Photo: Kusoldharm Foundation
The driver of the minivan slammed into the bus parked outside a 7-Eleven on Thepkrassattri Rd in Koh Kaew. Photo: Kusoldharm Foundation

Lt Sakon Krainara of the Phuket City Police received a report of an accident in front of the Koh Kaew branch of 7-Eleven on Thepkrassattri Rd (northbound) from a local resident at 1am.

Lt Sakon arrived at the scene with Kusoldharm rescue workers and medical staff from Mission Phuket Hospital to find a Phuket-registered white Toyota mini-van crashed into the back of a Phuket-registered tour bus belonging to the Phuket Nakhon Service.

There were two injured parties inside the mini-van, the driver, Mr Khitthisak Phen-Ngern, 35 from Phuket, and an unnamed female passenger.

Rescue workers had to free Mr Khitthisak using hydraulic cutters before taking him to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

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A rescue worker who attended the scene said, “The van driver had chest injures and a female passenger has several serious injures. Her pulse was very slow so we immediately took her to hospital.”

Lt Sakon added, “The bus driver told us that he was heading to Phuket International Airport to pick up tourists. He parked the bus at the 7-Eleven store to buy a drink and the engine was still running. Then the mini-van crashed into the back of his vehicle.

“At this stage we believe the van driver fell asleep at the wheel. However we will investigate the incident,” Lt Sakon said.

 

 

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malczx7r | 01 September 2017 - 15:28:15

They need speed limiters fitting too, most of the accidents are from excessive speed!

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Kurt | 01 September 2017 - 12:49:34

Why always first RTP thinks/believe of 'falling asleep' while driving?
Are minivan drivers paid for working hours or for the number of trips they make at high speed?
Poor minivan driver, if the bus was not parked with running engine ( is parking with running engine allowed by law?) the accident would not have happened. He could have slept a few more seconds.

Does the thai law request public transport drivers to have a driving working hours book?
Showing daily hours of driving, and periods of compulsory rest?

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