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Boy killed, 24 injured in Chinese tourist bus accident on Phuket

A bus transporting Chinese tourists to a hotel overturned on a notorious downhill Patong road late Monday night, killing a 10-year-old boy and injuring 24 others.

There were 25 passengers on the bus.
Police said the accident happened at about 11pm on Phisit Road near Wat Suwankhiriwong, which is the Patong Beach-bound downhill road from Patong mountain.
The bus flipped after it swept through motorcycles parked on the side of the road in front of houses.
Police said Ly Jle Ru died inside the bus. 
Of the 24 injured, two were in a serious condition. One of them was sent to Bangkok Phuket Hospital and the other to Vajira Phuket Hospital.
The bus driver, Krittaporn Nualtua, 36, a Phuket resident, said he was transporting the tourists to a Patong hotel when the bus’s brake system malfunctioned when the bus was going down the downhill road.
He said the bus went down the road very fast and he lost control and the bus crashed into motorcycles and flipped on its side.
The bus driver was not injured and he tested negative to drug use and alcohol.
The curved and downhill road, which is very steep, has seen many fatal accidents. On June 29, a bus transporting Chinese tourists hit and killed a motorcyclist after the bus’s brakes failed to work.

Published : July 11, 2017

By : The Nation