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Phuket Girl, 12, Feared Dead In Tour Van Crash

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Phuket girl, 12, feared dead in tour van crash

Phuket Gazette

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The Phuket tour van reportedly collided head-on with a pickup truck in Chalong at about 7am. Photo: Dean Noble

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Debris from the accident was left scattered on the road. Photo: Dean Noble

PHUKET: -- A 12-year-old girl is feared dead after a Phuket tour van reportedly collided with a pickup truck near Chalong Temple on Chao Fa West Road in Chalong this morning.

According to initial reports, two others were injured in the accident, which occurred at about 7 am.

It is not known at this point whether the driver fled the scene as with the previous accident involving the same tour company.

More details to follow as they become available.

Source: http://www.phuketgaz...rash-19591.html

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-- Phuket Gazette 2012-11-29

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These tour van drivers need to be reined in. They drive like total maniacs! But of course I won't holding my breath for any action from the Royal Thai Police... Especially the Chalong office.

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RIP the young girl. Not much detail in this article, let's hope it gets expanded.

These type of accidents will be much in the news with the start of the high peak season.

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another normal day in the kingdom .... I just wonder how many dead, the government want on the road to act quickly ..... As the big majority of thai driver dont have any license or knowledge in driving and road safety. Last weekend a truck didnt stop at the red light and nearly crush my car , this is so common practice here , why stop at red light when you can go ..... one day if it happen again I will go out of my car and kick some driver's ass ....

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RIP to the young girl...i came upon this accident just moments after it happened; i was on the way to work. it was freaking terrible...i hope accidents like this aren't going to be the trend for this upcoming high season.

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With more and more Russian and Chines tourists, that effectively demand their own transport, there are increasingly more minibuses and large tour buses on the roads of Phuket.

I had a Pegas driver approach me on the wrong side of the road overtaking near the Green Man in pouring rain a couple of days back. Ridiculous driving.

I believe some tour operators, after too many complaints from customers about dangerous drivers, are now employing more female minibus drivers. They are generally perceived to be less aggressive and less dangerous. Phi Phi Cruiser is one such company. But until drivers are properly trained accidents will continue and probably rise in number due to increased traffic.

I knew there was a bad one this morning as the traffic tailed back a long way.

I hope the girl isn't dead as feared.

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local news is reporting that a 9 year old girl, a student of BIS, passed away in the accident.

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Girl, 9, confirmed dead in Phuket tour van crash

Phuket Gazette

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Phuket rescue workers rush to cut the driver free from the pickup truck wreck. Photo: Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Although the van was painted in white and featured the Pegas Touristik company logo, the tour company has denied any responsibility for the accident. Photo: Kritsada Mueanhawong

PHUKET: -- Phuket police have named the schoolgirl who died in the tour van crash this morning as Kulnaree Lattuada Lancini, 9 years old, a student at British International School (BIS).

Chalong Police Sub Lt Kraisorn Boonprasop told the Phuket Gazette that Kulnaree died at the scene of head trauma.

Kulnaree was in the rear seat of a pickup truck that was making a “school run” when the accident occurred at about 6:40am, he explained.

“Three other students were in the back. They are all fine. They suffered only minor injuries, just some bruises and scratches,” said Lt Kraisorn.

Two of the students were to be dropped off at Wichit Songkram School, located south of the Central Festival Phuket shopping mall, and the third was to be dropped off at Kajonkietsuksa.

Kulnaree was to be dropped off at BIS.

The tour van driver and the driver of the pickup were both pinned behind the steering wheels in their vehicles by the force of the impact.

“It took rescue workers 25 minutes to get them both out,” Lt Kraisorn said.

All of the injured, students and drivers, were rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town.

“The pickup driver, aged in his 30s, suffered injuries to his abdomen and legs. The van driver suffered an injury to his left ankle,” Lt Kraisorn explained.

“The tour van struck another van from behind, then crossed the center line into the path of the oncoming pickup truck,” he added.

A company representative at tour company Pegas Touristik denied any responsibility for the accident.

“We do not own the vehicles or employ the people who drive them,” she said.

Although the tour van involved in the accident was painted in Pegas Touristik white and featured the company logo, it was also marked as belonging to Apitchaya Destination Co Ltd.

Pegas Touristik made headlines two weeks ago when a tour bus painted with the company logo struck and killed an aunt and her niece while travelling at high speed on the main road to Phuket Airport.

The driver of that bus fled the scene. Police have now been issued a warrant for his arrest.

Source: http://www.phuketgaz...rash-19593.html

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-- Phuket Gazette 2012-11-29

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She was just 9 years old, how terrible. Deepest sympathies to her family.

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There have been many occasions when A Pegas van has flown past me at break-neck speed, often in the motorbike lane, often just missing clipping other vehicles. Why on earth doesn't the company management do something about their insane drivers??? It's not just a matter of time... it's a matter of when is it going to happen again!

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A company representative at tour company Pegas Touristik denied any responsibility for the accident.

“We do not own the vehicles or employ the people who drive them,” she said. The Old Emu Trick ??????? Just stick your head in the sand............

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There have been many occasions when A Pegas van has flown past me at break-neck speed, often in the motorbike lane, often just missing clipping other vehicles. Why on earth doesn't the company management do something about their insane drivers??? It's not just a matter of time... it's a matter of when is it going to happen again!

The management won't do anything about it, because they are the ones accepting the insane and clearly impossible timelines laid upon them by the tour agent.

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A company representative at tour company Pegas Touristik denied any responsibility for the accident.

“We do not own the vehicles or employ the people who drive them,” she said. The Old Emu Trick ??????? Just stick your head in the sand............

I make no claims at being a marketing genius, but maybe they should hire their own drivers. The negative press from this has to be costing them money... I hope it does actually. They seem to have a rather callus attitude about this... perhaps there is more to the story, but I'll bet there's not.

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