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BANGKOK 23 April 2019 12:00
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Tour bus driver loses head, 34 injured, family in lucky escape in horror smash

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One would think with all the tech available today that simple radar kits could be installed on all such vehicles. A quick Google search yields quite a few examples of following-distance radar equipment...

 

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Disgusting state of affairs for a country big in tourism

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8 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.

Or out of YaBa !!??

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39 minutes ago, madmen said:

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

I have wondered this and put it down to their noisy & polluted lifestyle, how can they get any quality rest in hot, sticky & doubtless very noisy rooms. 🤔

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8 hours ago, webfact said:

The bus had left Mo Chit 2 bus station at 9.30pm with 41 passengers

The bus had left Mo Chit at 9.30 and probably headed up Vibhavadi Rangsit Road onto Pahonyothin Hwy 1 to the junction with Hwy 2 Mitraphap at Saraburi. I haven't driven that route for many years but it's not much more than roughly 2 hours max for a bus. 

Why was he unfit to drive 2 hours after leaving the Bangkok terminal?

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3 hours ago, glennb6 said:

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.

If bus owner get good and responsible drivers paying better than current average market price, he would have to increase the bus ticket prices to offset the higher cost. This being thailand where price is sensitive, he would not have a workable business model as the number of those who value quality and safety over price are few and far in between. Until the standard of living in Thailand increases, the carnage will go on. Thai mentality of karma and fate also do not help matters. 

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9 hours ago, webfact said:

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

 

Amazing how people here imagine they are paid to sleep on the job rather than stay alert. If he was awake he might have noticed that the driver wasn't. I'm reminded of a story on here some time ago of a foreigner who had taken on a night security guard, and on his first day the guard showed up for work with a blanket and pillow. He's probably still wondering why he was fired before he even started.

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58 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

 

 

This is going to sound a little crazy, but I'm sure there must be some type of simple head-gear that could be worn by the driver with a sensor connected to an alarm, if the head drops (as in sleep) the alarm will sound to alert everyone!!

Just an idea.... 

I read once about just such a gear that drivers wear on their ear. And once the head is nodding off, ( not level) a piercing alarm would go off. Not guaranteed to save your life but at least you wake up to see the last moments of your life. 

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9 hours 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.

 

Why, the more gruesome the better , Someone  maybe an other Cowboy/bullock driver may read that and take Note.

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1 hour ago, hotchilli said:

This is going to sound a little crazy, but I'm sure there must be some type of simple head-gear that could be worn by the driver with a sensor connected to an alarm, if the head drops (as in sleep) the alarm will sound to alert everyone!!

Readily available. They look like glasses that monitor eyes to check blink rate, which is a precursor to falling asleep. An alarm sounds when the wearer starts to nod off.

 

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9 hours ago, edwinchester said:

The death of anyone deserves better reporting than this crap.

And this: "...crushing a family of six in a pick-up. They all survived without injury."

Crushed without injury...

 

4 hours ago, glennb6 said:

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. 

I drove commercially for years. ALL bus drivers, the world over, are overworked and underpaid. 

Every night driver faces/fights exhaustion daily.

I know the industry and would never consider getting in a night bus anywhere.

 

2 hours ago, Paul Henry said:

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.

That quote from the second driver you musta missed negates your argument here 

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1 hour ago, ratcatcher said:

The bus had left Mo Chit at 9.30 and probably headed up Vibhavadi Rangsit Road onto Pahonyothin Hwy 1 to the junction with Hwy 2 Mitraphap at Saraburi. I haven't driven that route for many years but it's not much more than roughly 2 hours max for a bus. 

Why was he unfit to drive 2 hours after leaving the Bangkok terminal?

You are right but who knows how tired he was when he set off from Mo Chit?

 

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Making the unfortunate bus driver the scapegoat when clearly no skid marks means another pesky brake failure. 🙄

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