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Five killed in Khon Kaen zoo cart crash
« on: July 05, 2015, 06:03:49 PM »
Five killed in Khon Kaen zoo cart crash


Five people were killed, including an infant, and 50 others injured in a rear-end collision involving two open touring carts at Khon Kaen Zoo on Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Chakapan Natanri)

KHON KAEN — Four woman tourists and a male infant were killed and about 50 people injured at Khon Kaen Zoo in Khao Suan Kwang district on Sunday afternoon following a rear-end collision involving two open touring carts.

The fatal accident occurred when about 30 Thai and foreign tourists were travelling in an open seater cart along a 500-metre long downward slope, part of a sightseeing route in “Toong Saen Kwang” where visitors can see deer up close and feed them.

Pol Lt Col Saksit Thanakitpairote of the Tourist Police Division's sub-division 3 said a preliminary investigation found the accelerator pedal of the sightseeing bus became stuck. This prevented the driver from being able to brake or control the vehicle.

It came racing down the slope at high speed and slammed into the back of another tourist bus which was parked on the roadside with some 30 visitors on board. The impact was so severe that the two vehicles carried on for another 300 metres down the slope before hitting a tree and flipping onto their sides. A number of passengers were seen to jump for their lives.

Two people died instantly. Their bodies were found under the buses. Three others died on the way to hospital. The crash left more than 50 people injured. They have been taken to five different hospitals in Khon Kaen.

Khon Kaen deputy police chief Pol Col Supakorn Kamsingnok said the zoo was ordered closed indefinitely to allow police to inspect the crash site and collect evidence. Police are trying to determine if the accident was caused by driver fault or a technical problem.   



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Offline thaiga

Re: Five killed in Khon Kaen zoo cart crash
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2015, 12:07:09 PM »


Zoo cart driver charged, blames stuck accelerator


A sign at the entrance of Khon Kaen Zoo announces it is closed for "maintenance" on July 6-7, as the investigation continues into the deaths of five tourists and injuries to many others in an accident there on Sunday. (Photo by Chakapan Natanri)

The driver of an open touring cart at Khon Kaen Zoo involved in Sunday’s fatal accident faces a charge of reckless driving, but denies it was his fault -- insisting the cause was a stuck accelerator pedal.

Surachai Lertmai, 38, turned himself in to Khao Suan Kwang police shortly after the rear-end collision involving two open-seat carts that killed five tourists,  four women and a boy toddler, and injured more than 50 others.

Pol Col Pichit Deeya, chief of Khao Suan Kwang police station, said on Monday investigators charged Mr Surachai with reckless driving causing injuries and death.

Mr Surachai argued that he lost control of the vehicle because the accelerator pedal became stuck before it slammed into the back of the other tourist cart. 

Police allowed him bail after he placed surety of 100,000 baht. He was released because he did not pose a flight risk, said Pol Col Pichit. His employer, the company contracted to provide sightseeing services at the zoo, had given full cooperation to police.

Twenty-five people were still being treated at seven hospitals in Khon Kaen on Monday. Four of them were reported in critical condition.   

Provincial Police Region 4 deputy commander Chareonwit Sriwanich said Mr Surachai insisted the vehicle’s accelerator pedal malfunctioned and that caused the crash, but police had not ruled out human error.

Pol Maj Gen Chareonwit said the two sightseeing buses are battery powered. They were being kept at Khao Suan Kwang police station pending inspection by experts from the Royal Thai Police Office.

Mr Surachai would also be given medical tests to see if he had consumed alcohol or drugs. Police were also checking if the vehicles used at the zoo were legally registered, and if both the contracted company and the zoo had accident insurance.

Pol Maj Gen Chareonwit said the driver, the bus company and the zoo may face additional charges. Police would also check the route taken by the passenger vehicles, to see if could have contributed to the accident, and other facilities.

The zoo has been ordered closed at least until Friday as the investigation is ongoing.

Taewin Rattanawongsawat, director of Khon Kaen Zoo, said there were 10 open-seat carts offering tour services everyday from 8am to 6pm. All vehicles were inspected for safety every hour and re-examined again before each trip.

The inspections were carried out jointly by the contractor and zoo staff. The speed limit was 20 kilometres per hour, he said.

Benjapon Narkprasert, director of the Zoological Park Organisation, said Sunday’s accident was the worst in the 80 years since the establishment of the organisation, which oversees seven zoos across the country. 

Mr Benjapon met with relatives of the injured and dead visitors at Khon Kaen open zoo. He told them the organisation apologised for their losses and would give initial compensation of 100,000 baht to the family of each of the deceased. 

It would also take responsibility for all medical expenses for the injured. Compensation payments were still being calculated.

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Offline thaiga

Re: Rusted accelerator cable found in Khon Kaen zoo cart
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2015, 08:35:09 PM »
Rusted accelerator cable found in Khon Kaen zoo cart

 The accelerator cable of a touring cart involved in the Khon Kaen Zoo accident was covered with rust and may cause the accelerator pedal to stick before the fatal crash, a preliminary inspection found on Tuesday.

Forensic police and experts from Khon Kaen University’s mechanical engineering department began a technical examination of an open touring cart whose driver insisted its accelerator pedal became stuck before it hit the back of another cart, killing five people and injuring more than 50 others on Sunday.   

Pol Col Pichit Deeya, chief of Khao Suan Kwang police, said the team found the vehicle was powered by a 2400cc petrol engine. Previously, Provincial Police Region 4 deputy commander Chareonwit Sriwanich said the two sightseeing buses were battery powered.

Pol Col Pichit said an inspection of the vehicle's acceleration system found the accelerator stuck as claimed and heavily rusted.

"The rusted accelerator cable may have caused the accelerator pedal to get stuck. And this may have been the cause of the accident," Pol Col Pichit.

However, Pol Col Pichit said conclusions about what really caused the accident would be made after a thorough inspection of the vehicle.

The officers had not examined the cart's brake system yet as the engine would not start, the officer added.   

full article: Bangkokpost
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Online KiwiCanadian

Re: Five killed in Khon Kaen zoo cart crash
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2015, 08:29:36 AM »
Did the driver not know where the ignition switch is located. Simplest thing to do switch it OFF,!!!!!.
 

Offline thaiga

Re: Five killed in Khon Kaen zoo cart crash
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2015, 11:50:40 AM »
Like you say KC switch it off. Here's the cable, don't seem that worn, i've seen worse.


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Here's another Stuck Accelerator Pedal

130km/h rear end crash Stuck Accelerator Pedal
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Online KiwiCanadian

Re: Five killed in Khon Kaen zoo cart crash
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2015, 11:54:09 AM »
Also the driver could have put his toes under the gas pedal and pulled it up, LOL ::)
 

Offline Baby Farts

Re: Five killed in Khon Kaen zoo cart crash
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2015, 12:16:33 PM »
You can clearly hear the car shifting gears.  What a load of Sh*t.  Ignition switch....parking brake.. etc...  I love the lingo "May have caused."  Anything to save face.

This guy was impatient and angry and you can clearly see he made a lane change to the left when he took off like a rocket BEFORE the BS claim that the throttle got stuck. 
 

 



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