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Thirty one teachers injured - driver dead - as bus slams into rear of gas tanker


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Pretty much the reason why so many buses are involved in accidents . I had a friend tell me he was on a bus in the middle of the day and the driver was asleep and when he mentioned it to a Thai she sa

Seeing the  photo with benzene/gasoline/petrol  pouring out the back Id  be nowhere near that bomb waiting to go off. Just more appalling driving from the worst drivers in the world. I like the w

Please, open your eyes!! Don't bury your head in the sand. Same old boring story  - one bit of criticism of a Thai person's aptitude and you dismiss it as even being possible! It is being offered as o

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Maybe if driver was half awake. it would help very much. if the back of trucks had decent lightning plus as in Europe and UK. High vis marking that reflect light back. In UK the back of trucks shine better than Christmas trees. Something in a country with poor street lighting would aid even semi blind drivers. Plus travelling at night seems to be a penny pinching exercise to save the cost of overnight accommodation and knowing that many bus drivers have to travel hundreds of kilometers to do their pick-ups and travel during the daytime to get there and then travel hundreds of kilometers during the night to get them to their destination, I normally take my car rather than sit on the bus. why! I owned and drove tour buses in the UK, and never trust the private hire section in Thailand, if that is what has been booked. I only let my daughter travel on school trips when there is more than one bus. But saying that her bus still was involved in an accident 30 kilometers from the school on its return, hitting a car that pulled out in front of him.

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14 hours ago, Yinn said:

sleeping? 

 

You believe this story? Impossible.

I experienced this some years ago in a mini bus driving between Nakhon Sri Thamsrat and Sichon. I saw the driver's head dip forward and at first thought he was looking down at his feet for something but a few seconds later I realized he had nodded off. Fortunately I was seated in the row behind him so I able to grab his shoulder and he recovered his composure.  The bus was full of passengers.  Crowded spaces reduce the oxygen and I'm sure this is responsible for many similar accidents in Thailand.

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18 hours ago, Isaanbiker said:

A collision with a gas tanker could have killed many in the bus. RIP, tired driver and a speedy recovery for the injured ones. 

Actually an LPG tanker is structurally more sound than a regular tanker truck so result would have been much the same.

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19 hours ago, webfact said:

the driver fell asleep at the wheel or didn't see the tanker as it is a very dark area of road. 

Did not the bus have lights?  There are many reflectors on the rear of the tanker but I suppose if the driver was asleep or 'distracted' he might not have noticed this gigantic obstacle in his path. 

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18 hours ago, sillyfool said:

come on give the guy a brake. maybe he did fall asleep after working a very long shift. 

He's now on a "permanent break".

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