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

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The bus actually drives over a sign prohibiting u-turns but of course there is no way of knowing from the video if there was a similar sign on the other side of the lights. Would seem odd though to prohibit them in one direction and not the other.

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34 minutes ago, 30la said:

Very strange indeed, tour busses drivers are never guilty!

This bus is clearly identifiable bearing the Nakhon-Chai-Air website address, clearly stencilled on the side of the bus in the picture. NCA is probably the safest service in the country. Quite impressively run and very rarely involved in accidents. (I'm sure someone will feel obliged to contradict me).

 

I have travelled with this company a number of times - in the past but not recently. I have also been happy with their safety service and in-journey arrangements. Polite, smart and helpful and a clean vehicle.

 

If the NCA driver is at fault, I imagine he has lost his job. A daughter runs the company successfully for her aging father as I understand it and high standards are important for her, (so I believe).

 

Incidentally, I don't think NCA operates as a touring company. It is a public service...…….. as far as I know.

 

 

 

 

 

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This is where pick ups come into there own you can throw all the accident debris in the back take it home and nail it all back together again

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The bus needed to use the left hand lane but should have been extra cautious in doing so, he should not have started the U turn maneuver until it was completely safe to do so and maybe ever better to chose another place to turn.

 

However at the same time the white pick up may have been speeding or not.

 

The road is also badly designed with that U turn on a fast moving carriageway.

 

Who is to blame, most likely everyone!

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I don't think the pickup was speeding. However, it's likely he saw the green right-turn light and realised it was about to turn yellow, and became intent on getting through the intersection. The bus driver should have seen the pickup's lights and waited - his bad, I'm afraid.

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U turns are practical to use for motorcycles or small vehicles with decent turning circles like my Avanza.

 

But for large vehicles likes buses and trucks and even pickups which have large turning circles they often cause danger and are just a cheap way of creating a junction which should either have a roundabout or be traffic light controlled.

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4 hours ago, AhFarangJa said:

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:

Yes, I can explain. 

 

At the time of the collision, the bus driver had his foot on the accelerator. The collision caused him to panic and make one of two similar decisions. 

1) Mindless panic (a rigid freeze) Right foot presses more firmly on accelerator. Arms rigid. Bus accelerates in the direction of travel at the time of the collision. He has no idea or control over his actions. This is complete panic.

2) Danger! Danger! Panic! Must get out of here! Reflexive action without critical thinking to exit the danger area. Right foot presses on the accelerator. Slight steering to avoid larger objects like black car but no concern over smaller objects like the post. This action is slightly more deliberate than action 1 but is still an example of poor decision-making once panic sets in.

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The bus driver is 100% at fault. Was he considering doing a runner as he could have stopped much sooner after the first collision. 

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perhaps the bus should have went around the block instead of doing a U turn where it really isn't able to.

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19 hours ago, jackdd said:

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?)

 

australia has some pretty scary U turns, takes a while to get used to them, but then most people there aren't driving like idiots.

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in the entire educated world,

the guy making a U-turn keep tight at the closest

side he came from, until he has his speed up

and can change lanes if he so wish.

 

but in thailand, theres this theory that he should cross all

lanes and get to the slow moving lane asap.

 

i cant take this <deleted> any longer,

i no longer drive on sukumvit

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On 8/25/2019 at 1:47 AM, jackdd said:

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?)

Yes Phillipines  ..Crazy!!!!

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On ‎8‎/‎24‎/‎2019 at 4:46 PM, NCC1701A said:

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

 

 

 

 

And only recently I was telling a visiting friend that Nakhonchaiair Gold Class coaches have an almost perfect safety record, and that he shouldn't worry :cheesy:😥

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