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Tour bus driver loses head, 34 injured, family in lucky escape in horror smash

 

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A tour bus bound from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani slammed into the back of a ten wheel truck in Saraburi last night. It is suspected that the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

 

The driver of the "Ubon Air" tour bus was decapitated and 34 passengers were injured. Two are in ICU.

 

The ten wheel truck ended up on its side crushing a family of six in a pick-up. They all survived without injury.

 

The bus had left Mo Chit 2 bus station at 9.30pm with 41 passengers including several children.

 

As traffic slowed to go over the bridge connecting Pahonyothin Road and the Friendship Highway the tour bus rammed into the back of the ten wheeler carrying a full load of grocery items. 

 

The tour bus made no attempt to brake. 

 

Rescue workers had to smash windows to help passengers get out. 

 

Daily News described a grisly scene at the front of the bus. The head of driver Attaphon Ekkapong, 38, from Ubon had come loose and fallen down in the bus. 

 

His limbs were also detached and his internal organs were splattered over the front of the vehicle. 

 

Co-driver Waitoon Rotjai, 40, said he was asleep and woke only when there was impact. 

 

Khomsan Chertchu, 38, the truck driver from Ubon said he had slowed to enter the bridge. On his right was the pick-up. 

 

Bunjan Ob-un, 50, said he and a total of six family members were going to a wedding up-country. He said it was very lucky that they were not all killed. 

 

Pol Capt Sarot Ratanawirot of the Muang Saraburi police said there were no skid marks on the road surface. He is working on the assumption at this stage that the tour bus driver fell asleep at the wheel. 

 

Two women are in ICU in Saraburi Hospital. They were named as Primat Phuangjan and Earn Siripong. 

 

Ten men, 20 women and two children were treated for minor injuries. 

 

Source: Daily News

 

 

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Time for tachographs to be fitted on every heavy vehicle and all public transport with restricted hours set in law for driving. Drivers falling asleep at the wheel continuously from driving too many hours, causing terrible accidents. This one will not be doing it again, and incredibly lucky his was the only life lost.

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"The head of driver Attaphon Ekkapong, 38, from Ubon had come loose and fallen down in the bus."

 

The death of anyone deserves better reporting than this crap.

 

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Sadly this will continue to happen until proper restricted driving hours are implemented.

Also what is wrong with reporters having to go into detail about what happened to the drivers body, sick bar steward who made this report.

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18 minutes ago, edwinchester said:

"The head of driver Attaphon Ekkapong, 38, from Ubon had come loose and fallen down in the bus."

 

The death of anyone deserves better reporting than this crap.

 

Like why? Because its graphic? Thats what the Thai reading public wants and expects.

 

As to the incident itself, about 20 years ago or so I was in a place called Pump Station in Pattaya and talking to a young, very articulate in English gal from Udon who told me never to ride the Night Busses as they are dangerous. Ive always followed that advice. When I go anywhere here, its one of 4 choices:

 

1. Fly 

2. Train

3. Day Bus

4. Minivan/Car

 

or Stay home.

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4 hours ago, darksidedog said:

Time for tachographs to be fitted on every heavy vehicle and all public transport with restricted hours set in law for driving. Drivers falling asleep at the wheel continuously from driving too many hours, causing terrible accidents. This one will not be doing it again, and incredibly lucky his was the only life lost.

Alternatively they could increase the speed limits for buses.

If they drive faster they will be on their destination before getting tired and accidents will be avoided.

 

How about that Thai logic?

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a professional company bus driver fell asleep and ran full speed into back of a truck. a drivers job is literally holding the lives of 50+/- people in their hands 100% of the time they are doing their job.  one could say job performance doesn't get any worse than that. it seems these sort of accidents happen far too often yet the bus companies continue to operate in the same manor.

perhaps if the laws held a bus company and it's executives in charge directly responsible (with charges to include manslaughter and gross negligence) and with mandatory very large fines (payable to all passengers and other vehicles involved) if the driver is found guilty.

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7 hours ago, darksidedog said:

Time for tachographs to be fitted on every heavy vehicle and all public transport with restricted hours set in law for driving

When new trucks and coaches leave the factories they are all equipped with disc tachographs, which I used when I was doing this job in Europe between the years 1970 and 2007;
meanwhile digital tachographs have arrived on the market;
that's what it would be necessary to install on heavy vehicles and passenger transport in Thailand to replace these unnecessary GPS because the tachograph records all the data we want to recover, not just the speed, also the driving times, rest, ;
if desired, it can also record the number of times the driver has used his brake pedal;
for a dump truck, he can record the number of dump lifts ...
etc ...

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If you fly a passenger plane there are strict controls on the pilot, in many countries on a long distance bus there are two drivers plus logs plus computor monitors to keep check of drivers and the bus. With the pay rates in Thailand surely they could afford two drivers. I realise to ask a Thai bus driver to keep true and accurate log book is a pipe dream at least two drivers MAY reduce the terrible record of Thai long distance buses.

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

His limbs were also detached and his internal organs were splattered over the front of the vehicle

Ughhh! . . . Perhaps our poetic songthrush of a PM could use this delicate line to open his next concert, before promising to make tachos compulsory . . . . before he takes another day off work would be good.

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Thais can not sit still for more than 10 mins without an overpowering urge to nap..why?

Whats really scary is we only hear about those that fell asleep but how many out there right now micro sleeping? A constant battle of closing eye lids and then shocked back into reality for hours on end.

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15 minutes ago, Paul Henry said:

If you fly a passenger plane there are strict controls on the pilot, in many countries on a long distance bus there are two drivers plus logs plus computor monitors to keep check of drivers and the bus. With the pay rates in Thailand surely they could afford two drivers. I realise to ask a Thai bus driver to keep true and accurate log book is a pipe dream at least two drivers MAY reduce the terrible record of Thai long distance buses.

Can it measure how much garbage he throws out the window too?

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