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Video: What happened to a tour bus at a U-turn in Nan

 

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Dash cam footage at a U-turn in Nan on Wednesday evening showed a white pick-up go into a tour bus that was trying to make a U-turn. 

 

The tour bus went over the central reservation, demolished a road sign and side swiped a black pick-up on the other side of the road before stopping about 100 meters down the road. 

 

The driver of the tour bus said that he had left the garage and was doing a U-turn to go and pick up passengers for the 7 pm service to Bangkok. 

 

He said he waited in the left most lane until he got the light in his favor then started the maneuver.

 

But the pick-up went into him causing him to lose control. 

 

 

The driver of the black pick-up said it all happened very quickly and he was lucky that the quick actions of the tour bus driver meant he did not suffer serious injury. 

 

Police are trying to get to the bottom of what happened and took alcohol readings of all concerned.

 

Source: Manager

 

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All looked pretty obvious. The long bus needs a lot of room to do a U-turn so had to stay left. It does look like he had his right indicator light flashing. The pick-up didn't see the turn signal, just pushed on through in the normal way thinking he was passing a slow bus and not understanding the situation. A common enough occurrence anywhere, with drivers thinking only for themselves.

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5 minutes ago, Lungstib said:

All looked pretty obvious. The long bus needs a lot of room to do a U-turn so had to stay left. It does look like he had his right indicator light flashing. The pick-up didn't see the turn signal, just pushed on through in the normal way thinking he was passing a slow bus and not understanding the situation. A common enough occurrence anywhere, with drivers thinking only for themselves.

Pretty much the crux of it.... Along with the bus driver being a total moron pullout out regardless of the traffic expecting it to stop - But driver 100% at fault, but the pick-up could have avoided the accident with a little defensive driving.

 

As usual here in Thailand the majority of accidents cause by both parties disregarding safety, which makes me wonder exactly how many accidents are avoided when someone switched on is considerate of the idiotic actions of others... I know pretty much each and every time I drive in Thailand I manage to 'avoid' an accident with someone going through a red light etc or brake in time to avoid the motorcycle cutting me up etc... 

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6 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

why are accidents so different in Thailand? Where the hell is the bus driver going? He actually speeds up!

Are there any other countries which put U-turns in the middle of streets with three lanes for each direction without traffic light?

(And you could add: On roads which allow to drive 90? Allowing vehicles which need all 6 lanes to turn to make the U-turn?)

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U-turns here are the bane of every driver, and are the point at which many accidents, quite as one would expect, do happen. I see loads of places where the design of the road allows for say traffic lights at an intersection, and where it would be easy enough to add turn control (there is such a system at one intersection not far from my home), but where the police have decided to block off the entire intersection, forcing drivers to travel along the main road, sometimes for a couple of kilometres, and do a U-turn in order to get to the side they wish to be on... it is insane, but this is done in so many places that it is just adding to the traffic along the main road for no reason at all.

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i think i have to agree on the comment of U-turns,

its the <deleted> that scared me off sukumvit.

i cant handle the stress when they all of a sudden cut me off and cross all 3 lanes to get to the left side while still at low speed

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I am having problems understanding this. Can someone please explain how the physics work here.....A big tour bus was just pulling away from the left kerb to do a u-turn when a much smaller, lighter pick up hits the bus. The bus then mounts the central reservation, crosses it, careers 100 metres down the road, and hits another vehicle......:whistling:

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20 minutes ago, alien365 said:

I also struggle to see how the black Vios just sat there while a bus plowed into him. If I had that bus coming at me after seeing that crash I'd be straight into gear.

He wanted to be on TV.

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17 hours ago, Lungstib said:

All looked pretty obvious. The long bus needs a lot of room to do a U-turn so had to stay left. It does look like he had his right indicator light flashing. The pick-up didn't see the turn signal, just pushed on through in the normal way thinking he was passing a slow bus and not understanding the situation. A common enough occurrence anywhere, with drivers thinking only for themselves.

I definitely wouldn't say obvious at all.

 

The bus is stopped on the side of the road, left-hand side. Puts on his turn-signal and proceeds to cut across all lanes to attempt his U-turn. Approaching such a vehicle, most would assume that the bus is just signaling that he is entering traffic.

 

The real problem, as others have pointed out, is the moronic design of the U-turns here. Combine that with the poor driving standards here, and there's no mystery as to the resultant mayhem.

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