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Five Thais die after car plunged into ravine in northern Laos

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Five Thais die after car plunged into ravine in northern Laos

 

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Five Thai tourists were killed when their car plunged into a deep ravine in Luang Prabang, approximately 300 km north of the Lao PDR capital Vientiane, on Friday.

 

The fatal crash was reported by Laotian authorities to the rescue unit in the northeastern Thai province of Nong Khai at about 10pm on Friday, according to Mr. Charnvit Punnanant, president of Nong Khai charity association. Rescuers were immediately sent to Luang Prabang to join their Laotian counterparts in the search and rescue operation between Kasi and Nan townships.

 

All the five tourists were found to have died in the accident.  The five bodies were retrieved from the mangled wreckage and taken to a hospital in Luang Prabang to await collection by their families.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/five-thais-die-after-car-plunged-into-ravine-in-northern-laos/

 

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^ How many vehicles still have brake "drums" in this day and age?

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Wouldn’t the driver be extra careful on a mountain road he didn’t know? Maybe the car was also unfamiliar to the driver?

 

it must have been brake failure....

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Just now, KhunBENQ said:

Many, especially on the rear axle.

Normal pickups often.

Agree, but they will have discs up front where majority of the braking is biased, don't believe any currently produced vehicles have drum brakes up front?

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7 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

Many, especially on the rear axle.

Normal pickups often.

And the report does not say how old the vehicle was.

Some even have a combination disk and drum on the rear axle.

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1 minute ago, overherebc said:

Some even have a combination disk and drum on the rear axle.

That's what I meant.

And as you know the break force on the rear axle must never be stronger than at the front or else...

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8 minutes ago, CGW said:

Agree, but they will have discs up front where majority of the braking is biased, don't believe any currently produced vehicles have drum brakes up front?

Just tried to check online but as usual such essentials are hard to find :smile:

My small car is almost 8 years old and so won't use it as a reference (disk breaks in front, drum on the rear).

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3 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

That's what I meant.

And as you know the break force on the rear axle must never be stronger than at the front or else...

 

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27 minutes ago, British Bulldog said:

Obviously most Thai drivers are not used to driving up and down large mountains as the Country is relatively flat ... on this road in question, we are talking 9+ kilometers either side of the famous Kasi mountain drive to Luang Prabang

It's enough to watch them driving down Khao Yai (rd. #304 in Thailand).

Or this  "highly dangerous" Patong hill in Phuket.

I am Swiss and found it a laughing stock.

And uphill even 6-cylinders creeping.

 

But what can you expect in a country where such does not appear with a word for getting a driving license.

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Cant imagine Thai's being able to drive on the other side of the road

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9 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

Just tried to check online but as usual such essentials are hard to find :smile:

My small car is almost 8 years old and so won't use it as a reference (disk breaks in front, drum on the rear).

Many trucks still use drums on the front. Much bigger friction area using two big shoes but the driver has to be aware of continual use downhill causing fluid to boil ( no pressure left when that happens ) or the drum expanding to the point where the shoes can't reach it, it will cool and work again but that generally happens after the truck has used a brick wall, other truck or 15 cars to halt it's progress.

 

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