Work begins on Phuket accident blackspot

25 Apr 2011

Following another fatal accident at a corner on Phuket’s Big Buddha Hill, work has begun on widening the road. On the 24 April, six people died at the blackspot when the driver of the pickup they were travelling in lost control of it and rammed a tour bus.   

On Wednesday, Phuket police boss Pekad Tantipong ordered bulldozers and workmen to the blackspot. The workers will rebuild the road through the bend with changes in width and a lessening of its steep incline.

Phuket authorities hope that the road improvements will render the notorious bend safe and prevent any more accidents.

The funerals of the five Myanmese and the one Thai national, pickup driver Thongdaeng Piwjun, were held this week on Phuket. The six were part of a group that had celebrated the annual Songkran Festival on the top of the hill and were returning when the accident happened.

Initial investigations blamed the accident on brake failure and the fact that the vehicle was overloaded. Other Myanmese nationals in the back of the pickup and the Australian tourists on the bus were taken to hospital for checkups.  

On Tuesday, a lorry laden with timber overturned on the treacherous bend, with the driver alleging that he had seen ghosts on the road. Last year, an Australian tourist died and eight others were injured in an accident here.

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