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Offline Johnnie F.

18 killed in fatal collision (KORAT)
« on: March 22, 2018, 06:54:43 AM »

At least 16 people were killed and more than 30 others were injured in a collision between a tour bus and an 18-wheel trailer truck on Nakhon Ratchasima-Kabin Buri road in Wang Nam Khiao district of Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday night (March 21).

Initial report from rescue workers said that the double-decker was carrying about 50 passengers for sight-seeing trip in Chanthaburi and it was heading back home in Kalasin, but as the driver was negotiating with a downhill curve, he lost control of the bus causing it to jump over the lane into the opposite lane and collided with a trailer truck coming from the direction of Kabin Buri district.

The impact of the collision sent both vehicles to plunge into the roadside ditch.

Rescue workers said there were about 50 passengers in the bus and many of them were trapped inside the wreckage.

Both the dead and the injured were taken to Wang Nam Khiao, Pak Thongchai, Suranaree Technology University, Krungthep Ratchasima and Nakhon Ratchasima Maharaj hospitals for treatment.

Initial death toll was put at 16, including ten women and six men, with more than 30 injured, many of them seriously.

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Offline thaiga

bit more info (below) on the bus crash Wang Nam Khiao from as i understand from the media, the driver yelled out, the brakes are not working, these people must have been terrified not knowing what the out come would be, from what i observe whilst on the roads, the buses travel too fast. when i see one in the rear mirror i get out the way or they are on your back bumper. the bus’s insurance company would pay Bt650,000 compensation for each death. Does that make everything right  :-[

Shock and grief after 18 Kalasin residents killed in coach crash

 The tragic double-decker coach crash on Wednesday night in Nakhon Ratchasima has been followed by an outpouring of grief for the 18 deceased victims, all whom were from Kalasin’s Muang district, including tour guide Sompit, her husband and her two nephews.

A relative of Sompit, Pairoj, told Kalasin Governor Kraisorn Kongchalard, who visited victims’ families on Thursday morning, that the whole family had been killed in the crash. Kraisorn assured the deceased victims’ relatives that the Kalasin office of the Office of Insurance Commission had reported that the bus’s insurance company would pay Bt650,000 compensation for each death.

An additional 32 people were injured. The governor also set up a temporary centre at Muang city hall to identify the bodies. The coach had been chartered by a group of mill operators and their families to visit Chanthaburi on Monday.

The vehicle was on its way back to Kalasin when the driver lost control while entering a downhill curve, drove across a road island and slammed into trees and five roadside stalls in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Wang Nam Khieo district.
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Offline thaiga

With a Swerve, Pleasure Trip Takes Tragic Turn. Now Families Mourn

Crash survivor Somjit Jampasri, seated in red, comforts a crying woman.

 The families of those killed in a bus crash trickled in to retrieve their loved ones’ bodies Thursday as footage spread of passengers having fun before the deadly wreck.

Family members identified husbands, grandchildren and aunts who died when their bus hurtled over a center divider, clipped an oncoming truck and crashed into roadside shops last night in the Wang Nam Khiao district of Nakhon Ratchasima. Survivors and witnesses were on hand to recount what happened.

“The bus had been shaking side to side before the crash. I heard someone yell, ‘Brakes out!’ And many people in the bus got down on the floor,” Somjit Jampasri, one of the survivors, said this morning. “After the crash, I saw many dead people drowning in pools of blood.”

The double-decker bus went over the traffic island on the 304 Road after possible brake failure and broke apart after crashing into a tree and five roadside shops.

Although fatal bus accidents are common occurrences, no other accident has seized as much attention since 25 people were killed in a fiery Chonburi province wreck in January 2017, an accident that led to higher safety requirements for interprovincial vans.

The deceased bus passengers – 13 women and five men – included two girls and a boy. One family alone lost four people.

The trip was organized by Sompit Suthichom, and on the morning of the crash, she live streamed several videos of passengers dancing and having fun on the bus.

Today, family member Pairote Wangpikul, 58 of Kalasin province, was mourning Sompit, who died alongside her her husband and two grandchildren.

“I feel so sad. The family’s business was doing so well too,” Pairote said. “I don’t know what to do except wait to receive their bodies.”

A police review of GPS data found that the bus was traveling only 80kph at the time of the collision, lending credence to the possibility its brakes failed.

The driver fled the scene and is still on the run.

The bus was carrying 47 tourists from a beach in Chanthaburi province back to Kalasin province. Most were rice mill workers. Their bodies are currently at Wang Nam Khiao, Pak Thong Chai and Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima hospitals.

Kalasin Gov. Kraisorn Kongchalard said that the families would get about 650,000 baht compensation per victim.
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Offline thaiga

Re: At least 16 killed intruck collision (KORAT) driver high on Ya Ba
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2018, 12:45:23 PM »
Reports from thai tv this morning, every body was happy singing on the bus taking them back home, the driver took yaba before the way out journey, then again on the way home. reports, Police rule out brake failure as skid marks were found on the road. Ya Ba traces were found in his urine which he admitted taking. they also reported that his driving license was out of date.

Maybe a drug testing programme nationwide for drivers should be put in place, might stop a lot more "brake failures." or "brain failures"

R.I.P. those innocent people who lost their lives

Police chief extends condolences to families of bus accident victims

The Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police, Pol. Gen. Chakthip Chaijinda, has extended condolences to families of those killed and injured in a bus accident in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

A double-decker bus crashed in Wang Nam Khiao district, Nakhon Ratchasima, on Wednesday night (March 21st), killing 18 people and injuring 32 others.

The Royal Thai Police Spokesman, Pol. Col. Krissana Pattanacharoen, said the national police chief has instructed law enforcement officials in all areas to beef up safety measures on public transport, as the Songkran festival is approaching.

He also stressed on the importance of providing first aid for people injured by road accidents and the transfer of patients in a timely manner, as they are essential in saving people's lives.
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Offline thaiga

Re: 18 killed in fatal collision (KORAT) driver had history drug abuse
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2018, 02:55:33 PM »
Police said the driver Krissana had a history of drug offenses

‘Death Bus’ Driver Was Using Meth

Krissana Jutacheun in police custody Thursday night.

The driver of a tour bus that crashed and killed 18 passengers confessed to being high on meth at the time, police said Friday.

Krissana Jutacheun, 44, was arrested last night 7 kilometers from the scene of the crash after local residents noticed him wandering in an addled state and called police. Police had been looking for him since the night before, when he fled the deadly wreck that injured dozens of other passengers on their way home from a beach holiday.

“We found addictive substances after a urine test,” police Lt. Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapan said Friday morning. “Krissana confessed that he had smoked yaa baa twice during this driving job, on the 19th and on the 20th.”

The Kalasin native has been charged with fatal reckless driving, refusing to aid injured passengers and drug use.

Damrongsak said police took Krissana to Pak Thong Chai Hospital to avoid a confrontation with the relatives of those who died in the accident who were camped out at the police station. Police said Krissana had a history of drug offenses.

While the wreck’s cause continues to be investigated, the accident has renewed calls for something to be done about the double-decker, long-haul buses involved in a disproportionate number of fatal accidents. Time and again, passenger deaths on such buses lead to calls for taking them off the roads, but state transport agencies have been unable or unwilling to follow through.

“We have to see what the reasons for the accidents are. Currently, we can’t enforce a lot of laws because it would burden citizens. We can fix them, but you should still be cautious,” Prayuth said. “A lot of accidents happen in more rural roads because we’re monitoring main roads. It’s really a death zone. So I would like to warn people to be careful and not drink while driving.”

After Krissana was arrested last night, he told police that he fled the chaotic scene after seeing the carnage. He said he walked through the forest, tired and hungry.

He said that just before the crash, the bus was entering a downhill curve when the brakes malfunctioned. He saw that there was a truck carrying sugar cane on his left so he swerved right, losing control of the bus as it hurtled across the center divider, clipped another truck and crashed into roadside shops.

He only suffered minor injuries.
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Offline KiwiCanadian

The obvious thing to do here is to have all drivers screened for drug and alcohol abuse randomly during the course of their duties, this could be any time of the day or night. The reply “I would like to warn people to be careful and not drink while driving” does not help in this situation one bit.
The only way I see that might help is if Thai people make a class action suit against the bus company for not screening their drivers for drug and alcohol abuse, inadequate maintenance of busses. It has to make these companies responsible for the deeds of their employees and it would hurt them with the media attention and cost of going to court and to their bottom line. I know that this is more of a western way of dealing with this situation, but if anyone has a better idea for the poor folk affected here please let me know.
I am not sure but should there also be limits on how long a driver can operate a vehicle on a day to day basis with adequate rest stops in between. This would also be effective for any commercial driver.
Just my $0.02 worth.

Offline thaiga

Re: 18 killed in fatal collision (KORAT)
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2018, 06:46:10 PM »
Here's another - Bus crash injures 39 people in Ayutthaya - A double-deck tour bus with 50 students and teachers
March 22, 2018


Survivor shattered by tragic ending to leisure outing

 A SURVIVOR shuddered at the thought of her close brush with death amid the mourning for victims of the tragic double-decker bus crash on Wednesday night in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

The accident claimed the lives of 18 people, all of them from Kalasin province’s Muang district.

“This was my first visit to another province,” said 55-year-old Kalasin woman Somjit Jampasri, who narrowly escaped death.

There was a cheerful atmosphere in the coach, with people smiling and enjoying themselves listening to music, as revealed by video clips uploaded by passengers before the crash and now circulating on social networks.

 Somjit, who was among the 32 injured passengers, said she and 12 relatives had joined the tour group for a vacation to the beachside town of Chanthaburi, but tragically she lost eight relatives in the crash.

“The vacation trip turned into a devastating experience for me. Many of my relatives were killed. I saw bodies and blood everywhere,” she said.

Before the crash in Wang Nam Khieo district, Somjit recalled the bus shaking and veering from side to side. She heard someone shout “the brake isn’t working”. On an impulse, Somjit said she pulled her 12-year-old nephew Thewarat Wilachai into her arms as they rushed to sit on the upper deck to brace for impact. The instinctive action helped save her and the boy. “I prayed all of us would survive,” she said.

The group’s tour guide, Sompit Sutthichum, 51, and her family members – her husband Prayong Wangpikul, 50, and their two nephews – died in the accident.

A relative of Sompit, Pairoj Wanpukil, 58, told Kalasin Governor Kraisorn Kongchalard, who visited the victims’ families yesterday morning, that their whole family had been killed in the crash. “The family had good things going for them before this crash. It was most unfortunate,” Pairoj said.

“This is possibly the most devastating road crash ever in the province,” Kraisorn said. He also assured the deceased victims’ relatives that the Kalasin branch of the Office of Insurance Commission had reported the bus’s insurance company would pay Bt650,000 compensation to the families of each of the deceased.
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Offline thaiga

Re: 18 killed in fatal collision (KORAT)
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2018, 09:39:51 PM »
Wonder what the insurance is for a bus, it's cost the insurance company nearly 12 mil in payouts already. I see on the evening news the bus company has ceased trading, due to the deaths of these innocent people.

Double-decker bus accident that killed 18 people raises concerns

ALTHOUGH THERE are a limited number of double-decker coaches in Thailand, official regulations and monitoring of the vehicles needed to be improved, a road safety expert said after an accident killed 18 people at Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday night.

 Many old buses that had not met current standards were still allowed to operate, while monitoring measures using GPS tracking were not effective to prevent accidents, Academic Centre for Road Safety director Dr Thanapong Jinvong said yesterday.

There were about 7,000 double-decker buses on the country’s roads, 1,500 of which were fixed-route transport buses and the remaining 5,500 operating as private for-hire vehicles, which were more problematic, because most of those vehicles did not meet current safety standards, he said.

“Many of the double-decker buses that registered before 2014 do not pass essential safety standards, such as the height of the bus being over 4.2 metres, and do not pass inclination tests at 30 degrees, so it is very risky if these buses to drive on dangerous and steep routes,” he said.

Although almost all buses already have GPS tracking installed, monitoring systems have proven ineffective in preventing accidents, because there is not a direct warning system linking the monitoring centre to drivers, and the speed limit for the vehicles is set at 90 kilometres per hour, regardless of the terrain and geographical features of the roads.

 “The GPS system should also have different speed limits for the buses that fit the nature of each route, as it is far too fast for buses to drive nearly 90 kilometres per hour on steep and narrow roads,” Thanapong said.

However, the bus involved in the accident in Nakhon Ratchasima was equipped with GPS and it had been travelling at only 80 kilometres per hour.

 Last December, Thailand was ranked first on the list of countries in terms of road fatalities by the World Atlas website, while the World Health Organisation revealed that the road accident death rate in Thailand was 36.2 deaths per 100,000.

According to the Road Accidents Data Centre, there have already been 3,762 deaths from road accidents since New Year through yesterday and 229,346 people injured.

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Offline thaiga

Re: 18 killed in fatal collision (KORAT)
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2018, 01:11:17 PM »
Bit more info from

Krissana said he drove the coach downhill at a “moderately high speed” and had a brake malfunction resulting in the crash, after which he fled for fear of being punished for so many deaths.

After inspection, Damrongsak said police suspected the driver did not use a low gear during the six-kilometre-long downhill road section but kept tapping on the air brake pedal for control until the system was out of air.

The driver also was speeding as GPS data showed the bus was moving at 83kph in an area limited to 60kph, Damrongsak added.

Police also found Krissana had been arrested for drug abuse five times in the past since 2011 – with the latest arrest in October 2013.

Police will proceed with legal action against Kan Eng Tour Co for failing to submit the coach for inspection for over a year – the law requires it be inspected twice a year – and for allowing a drug abuser to drive the vehicle.

Meanwhile, Kalasin Governor Kraisorn Kongchalard urged South East Insurance Co to pay Bt650,000 compensation to the families of the 18 who had died. He said trained officials would provide mental health rehabilitation/grief counselling to the affected people for two months.
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Coach-crash survivors attend cremation for family and friends

SAD SURVIVORS of last week’s Nakhon Ratchasima coach crash attended a cremation ceremony for some of the 18 victims yesterday.

All 50 people on board the coach were family members, friends or neighbours. The accident occurred in Nakhon Ratchasima last Wednesday as they were heading to Chanthaburi province for a leisure trip together.

In addition to the 18 deaths, more than 30 people were injured in the crash.

Sadness filled the air at the Dong Krayom Udomkhun Temple in Kalasin’s Muang district where five bodies were cremated at 2pm yesterday.

Some of the survivors of the crash attended the ceremony in wheelchairs and had to return to hospital for further treatment.

There were similar scenes at the Buddhamongkhon Forest Temple in Kalasin’s Muang district where other coach-crash victims were cremated at 4pm yesterday.

Because there were many victims, both temples arranged mass cremation on funeral pyres.

Sompong Preewilai, 51, lost his wife in the fatal accident, and was in tears at the funeral.

“I really don’t know what to do in the future. My whole family cannot yet cope with what happened. It’s too sudden,” Sompong said. “Whenever I think of my wife, tear runs down my face.”

The Mental Health Department has formed 12 teams to take care of people who lost family members in the crash.

“Some of them have become depressed and sleepless,” the department’s director-general, Sqn-Leader Boonruang Triruangworawat, said.

Coach driver Krissana Jutachuen has been charged with reckless driving that caused death and injury to others, fleeing the scene, and abusing drugs.

Krissana, who is now in detention, allegedly admitted to having taken methamphetamine before the trip.

“We may charge him with speeding, too, if tests confirm the coach was going beyond legal limits,” Provincial Police Region 3 commissioner Pol Lt-General Damrongsak Kittiprapas said.

Krissana’s employer would also be investigated.

Rattanaporn Thumkesorn, who survived the accident, said Krissana left the steering wheel before the crash occurred.

“I saw him running past me when the coach started to lose control. I saw him rush to open an emergency door and jump out,” Rattanaporn said.

She said the tour leader had tried to prevent the tragedy by immediately instructing her husband to rush to the steering wheel.

“But it was too late,” Rattanaporn lamented.
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Online Roger

Re: 18 killed in fatal collision (KORAT)
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2018, 02:13:27 PM »
Strewth !

''Krissana left the steering wheel before the crash occurred. “I saw him running past me when the coach started to lose control. I saw him rush to open an emergency door and jump out,” Rattanaporn said.''

Thaiga that's quite unbelievable  :o  The Guy is rightly in BIG trouble . . . .


Offline thaiga

Re: 18 killed in fatal collision (KORAT)
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2018, 02:53:48 PM »
It's all unbelievable roger, they seem to just pick a driver from anywhere, some licence expired, drug takers, no checks. this guy has convictions of drug abuse in the past. the bus company must have some blame in this. MEANWHILE ... until something is done the people will just suffer again and again.

Traditional wait after bus crash victims cremated

Wreaths of flowers near the cremation site for victims of the bus crash at one of the temples in Kalasin. (photo by Yongyuth Phuphuangphet)

Families of the people killed in last Wednesday's horrific bus crash in Nakhon Ratchasima will wait three days before collecting the victims' ashes and bones following mass cremations on Sunday.

The wait is a traditional custom for the souls of people who die a violent death, spirits known as Tai Hong. The waiting period is to allow the spirits to find peace.

The crash victims were cremated on funeral pyres on Sunday at Wat Pa Dongkrayom and Wat Pa Phutthamongkol. There were too many to use the crematorium incinerators.

Kamnan Surapat Sukchai of tambon Huay Pho said ancient beliefs and rituals were followed at funeral rites for people who die violently. Families were advised to wait three days before collecting the relics and ashes for merit-making.

"The families of the victims do not object to this custom. They are slowly recovering from such a huge loss, with support from the community," he said.

Eighteen people were killed and 32 others injured when their double-decker bus crashed in Nakhon Ratchasima last Wednesday on its way back to Kalasin from a trip to Chanthaburi. The bus ran off Highway 304 and overturned while descending from Wang Nam Khieo mountain in Wang Nam Khieo district.

The families of the victims are expected to receive compensation of 650,000 baht each from authorities this week, as soon as their claims are verified.

Mr Surapa said people want police investigators to do their best to ensure the bus driver, who had confessed to using methamphetamine, is indicted. 

Krisana Juthachuen, 44, was arrested about seven kilometres from the crash scene in Wang Nam Khieo district around noon last Thursday.

According to police he had been charged with methamphetamine abuse five times since 2002. He admitted to taking two pills while driving the bus.  He was also going too fast.

Pol Col Boonlert Wongwatjana, deputy chief of Nakhon Ratchasima provincial police, said the investigation report should be ready to hand over to prosecutors in two weeks.

He said the investigation at this stage is focused on reckless driving causing deaths and injuries even though an injured victim alleged the driver had left the wheel, jumped off the bus as it crashed and left the passengers to their fate.

Pol Col Boonlert said there is insufficient evidence to consider a charge of attempted murder, which usually involves a precursor incident such as a brawl or a dispute.

The suspect has been charged with reckless driving, failure to help passengers after an accident, drug abuse and speeding. He is being detained at the provincial court.
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Panel formed to find more details of fatal bus accident to bring extra charges against driver and bus operator

Region 3 Provincial Police Bureau commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapat has ordered the setting up of a police panel to interview witnesses and injured victims of the fatal road accident involving a double-decker bus to find out more details about the incident which may bring about additional charges against the bus driver.

The bus driver, Mr Krisana Chuthachuen, has, so far, been charged with reckless driving causing deaths and injuries to the other people, speeding beyond permissible limit, using drug while driving and not offering help to the injured. He was taken to the Nakhon Ratchasima provincial court last Friday by the police to seek court’s order to detain him for another 12 days pending further questioning of witnesses.

Eighteen passengers of a tour group from Kalasin were killed and 30 others injured when the double-decker bus lost control as it was descending downhill on a road in Wang Nam Khiao district in Nakhon Ratchasima due to brake failure as it was taking the passengers back home in Kalasin. The speeding bus jumped over concrete road barrier and slammed into a huge roadside tree.

One of the injured passengers who survived the fatal accident told relatives from her hospital bed that the driver jumped out of the bus through an emergency door at the back of the bus before it crashed into the tree.

Pol Lt-Gen Damrongsak said that police had coordinated with land transport office in Kalasin to extensively examine the ill-fated double-decker bus to find out whether the vehilcle has more defects besides malfunctioned brake in order that more charges could be brought against the bus operator.

Kalasin governor Kraisorn Kongchalard attended the cremation ceremony of five bus victims held at Wat Dongkrayom-udomkhun in Tambon Thai Po, Muang district on Sunday.

The governor said he had instructed the insurance promotion and regulation office to speed up disbursing insurance money amounting to 650,000 to the families of each of the 18 dead victims.

At the same time, he said health officials had been told to provide counselling to the families of dead victims.
Six injured passengers are still hospitalized at two hospitals in Nakhon Ratchasima.
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Offline thaiga

Re: 18 killed in fatal collision (KORAT) - Police to charge operator
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2018, 05:36:23 PM »
Police to charge operator of fatal bus that crashed in Wang Nam Khiao

Provincial Police Region 3 investigators said they were collecting evidence to charge operator of the fatal bus that killed 18 persons in Wang Nam Khiao district of Nakhon Ratchasima on March 21.

Investigators said the owner of Gun Eng tour bus company, Sayant Boonsanam, would be charged for not having bus warranty check as specified by law, and for allowing the driver to drive under the influence of drugs.

Police today (March 27) questioned Mr Sayant and some survivors and also re-examined the accident scene to collect more evidence. They said they expected to compile the needed evidence and charged the operator within two weeks.

For the bus driver, Krissana Juthachuen, 44, police said four charges had already been brought against him, including reckless driving causing deaths and injuries to others; speeding beyond permissible limit; using drug while driving; and not offering help to the injured.

Mr Sayant earlier said he regretted the fatal accident and said he didn’t know the driver used drug.

He said Mr Krissana was a part time driver and he hired him to drive on a temporary basis.

Meanwhile, today (March 27) family of each of the 18 dead passengers was given 650,000 baht compensation by Southeast Asia Insurance Company.

The double-deckor bus with 50 passengers on board crashed on Highway 304 in Wang Nam Khiao district on the way from Chanthaburi to Kalasin province, killing 18 people and injuring 32 others.

Most of the passengers were from Kalasin.
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Bus drivers face random drug and alcohol tests

 POLICE and other officials will join forces to conduct random drug and alcohol tests on public-transport and chartered-bus drivers.

The urine tests, aimed at preventing accidents, will be conducted before and during journeys, deputy national police chief and police spokesman Pol General Weerachai Songmetta said on Tuesday.

 Weerachai said national police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda had instructed police nationwide to accommodate travellers during the unpcoming Songkran holidays and implement measures for road safety and crime suppression.

Weerachai said police would exercise “careful discretion” as to whether passengers would be able to ride to and from their home towns on the cargo beds of pick-up trucks. Any cargo-bed passengers seen drinking alcohol or sitting dangerously, such as by dangling their feet over the edge of the tray, would be arrested.

Chaiyaphum police have already implemented random urine tests for bus drivers. Suspect Sitthipong Laterng, 40, who was taking 60 teachers and students from a school in Kaeng Khro district to visit Nakhon Ratchasima, was pulled up at a checkpoint in Khon Sawan district and tested positive for methamphetamine use.

Police ordered the bus company to replace Sitthipong, who was arrested for drug abuse, with a sober driver.

The issue was tragically highlighted last week when a double-decker coach crashed in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Wang Nam Khieo district, killing 18 travellers from Kalasin and wounding 30 others.

Weerachai said the owner of the chartered bus in this incident would face a charge of violating the Land Traffic Act 1979 by allowing another person to drive a public-transport vehicle under the influence of alcohol or a narcotic substance. This offence is punishable with up to two years in jail or a fine of up to Bt40,000, or both.

Coach driver Krissana Juthacheun, 44, who fled the scene but was captured the following day, was charged with reckless driving causing death and injuries, failing to stop to provide aid to injured passengers and having narcotic substances in his body while driving.

At the Kalasin Office of Insurance Commission on Tuesday, provincial governor Kraisorn Kongchalard watched on as Southeast Insurance PCL handed compensation worth Bt650,000 to the families of each of the 18 dead crash victims

Thai Life Insurance PCL also presented additional compensation totalling Bt11.6 million to the families of five deceased crash victims, and Chubb Samaggi Insurance PCL handed compensation totalling Bt400,000 for four deceased crash victims

Kalasin police chief Pol Maj-General Montri Jaranpong said Wang Nam Khieo police investigators would interview the survivors and their relatives to gather evidence for their criminal-code actions against Krissana and the coach company.
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Re: 18 killed in fatal collision (KORAT)
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2018, 06:12:11 PM »
Sadly it has taken these turn of events to get those concerned to act on what seems to be existing laws. these "accidents" sorry they are not accidents these are catastrophic & preventable events that should not have happened.

One good thing to come out of this I believe is that the police are just gearing up for songkran and hopefully they enforce the laws with a heavy hand. I know this will be hard for every one at this time of year as one does not like to spoil a another happy time, but you don't need to be drunk or high on drugs to have a good time.

Just an observation, having lived in British Columbia Canada some years ago, the roads through the mountains had some special features when a truck (not sure if busses had to or not) was to enter a down hill section there are brake check areas to pull over and check your brakes, this is mandatory. The other thing is they have runaway lanes, these are steeply sloped lanes that rise up the side of the mountain with a very coarse gravel base that will stop a vehicle and as the bakes are non functional they stop the vehicle from rolling backwards. I believe that these would benefit all the traveling public here, as I see most Thai's that live in the flat lands have no idea how to navigate in the roads in a mountainous region. I did observe this in BC back in the 1970's when there would be a long line of slow moving traffic stuck behind a driver from one of the prairie provinces. LOL
Food for thought.

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Offline thaiga

Re: 18 killed in fatal collision (KORAT)
« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2018, 12:46:34 AM »
Hi KC, there are some truck runaway lanes in Thailand, i'm sure there is one at each end of the kabin buri mountain pass, what a treacherous road that is leading to the 304. next step is songkran, bit more below about the accident and what their plans are for the songkran period.

Songkran looms, along with more road horrors

Drivers of public and chartered buses are being tested for drugs and alcohol, but much more needs to be done

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Re: 18 killed in fatal collision (KORAT)
« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2018, 03:17:02 AM »
Thanks thaiga,

From the article in the nation.
He repeatedly applied the brakes until the system lost air pressure, rendering the bus unable to stop.
I am not familiar with the braking system of busses in Thailand,but I know that in most countries in the west the air brake systems HOLD the brakes OFF, the driver applies the brake pedal to release the air, the springs on the brake chambers then apply the braking force. When the driver takes his foot of the brake, air pressure is then sent to the brake chamber to counteract the force of the spring releasing the brakes.
If this is the type used on this bus then the brakes would have been smoking, possibly on fire if there was not any more air in the system.

I know there are air over hydraulic systems but I have not looked into how they operate, May be I should edumacate my self.

Offline Johnnie F.

Bus driver gets four-year jail term over passenger deaths
« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2018, 01:32:55 PM »

A Thai bus driver, who reportedly drove under drug influence and crashed his company’s chartered double-decker coach at a downhill curve in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Wang Nam Khieo district on March 22 resulting in 18 passenger deaths and 32 injuries, has been sentenced to a four-year-and-one-month jail term and his driver’s licence permanently revoked.

The Nakhon Ratchasima Court read a primary court verdict on Wednesday, to jail the 45-year-old bus driver Krissana Juthacheun – who fled the crash scene, was re-captured on the same day in the northeastern province and tested positive for metamphetamine use.

The court trial found Krissana – who has been in detention at the provincial prison since his arrest – as a repeated drug use offender and for driving under a substance's influence (DUI) in various occasions in Amnat Charoen, Nakhon Ratchasima and Khon Kaen since 2002. In 2011, he was forced to undergo a drug rehabilitation program when he broke probation for a drug-use offence and his latest DUI offence on March 22 had led to many deaths and injuries.

The court found Krissana guilty of DUI resulting in dangers to others, reckless driving causing others’ deaths, and failing to aid the accident victims. They gave him a combined eight years and two months in prison before halving that sentence due to the defendant’s confession. The court also permanently revoke his driver's licence. Relatives of the accident victims reportedly were satisfied with the verdict and said they would not appeal.

The fateful bus was chartered for villagers from Muang Kalasin to visit the Chanthaburi beaches and it was on the way back to Kalasin when the horrific crash took place at “Makrudwan Curve”. The families of the deceased and injured victims from this crash were given insurance money and compensation totalling Bt24 million.

Nakhon Ratchasima Highway Office 10 official Jakkrit Boonreungsri said the curve on the Highway 304 (Nakhon Ratchasima-Kabin Buri) where the bus had crashed has seen as many as 30,000 vehicles passing though it (35 per cent of which were cargo trucks) and often had accidents. The authority would divide the lanes with a 1.2-metre-tall road division concrete barrier and reduce the signed speed limit to under 60 kilometres per hour. They would also install other speed control equipment and add more lights as to prevent future accidents

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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: 18 killed in fatal collision (KORAT)
« Reply #19 on: Yesterday at 11:03:32 PM »
Re: “Bus driver gets four-year jail term over passenger deaths”, The Nation, November 14.

The driver of a tour bus that crashed in Nakhon Ratchasima this past March, killing 18 people, has been sent to jail for four years, with his driving licence revoked permanently.

His employer, Gun Eng Tours, has been charged for allowing him to drive while under the influence of drugs. But the employer and his company should be held accountable for far more than that: the driver has a history of drug-related offences, and shouldn’t have been hired in the first place. The driver alleges that his bus’ brakes failed on a down slope. The company is responsible for care of its vehicles. Why haven’t the police lodged criminal and civil charges against the company and its owner for these offences?

PM Prayut said “we can’t enforce a lot of [traffic] laws because that would burden citizens”. It’s attitudes like his that make our roads the world’s second deadliest: what’s more important than saving lives? Enforce laws on a sustained basis, not just until the media moves on. Ensure that all drivers achieve and maintain defensive driving habits via, for example, mandatory refresher tests, especially for motorcycles and commercial vehicles, and that commercial vehicles pass stringent mechanical inspections.

Burin Kantabutra

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Very good point! Why not do something against 'the fish stinking from the head"?

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