Van plunges into ditch killing 4, injuring 14 (Sukothai – Thailand)

A public transport van skidded off a road and plunged into a ditch in Sukhothai yesterday killing four people and injuring 14 passengers.

Of those injured, nine were in critical condition at press time.

Driver Ratchanon Intanon, 31, who did not sustain any injuries, told police that one of the tyres burst while the van was moving, which made him lose control of the vehicle. The van provided transportation services between Phitsanulok and Tak.

Read more in The Nation

Yes, to complete my previous list of (deadly) road-dangers in Thailand I didn’t mention the technical state of the vehicles in spite of their “inspections”; during the years that I used taxis in Bangkok I was lots of times confronted with the noices of weared-out suspensions which gives knocking/bumping noices which makes the vehicle less controlable or can even cause a crash when the upper end slashes through the worn-out fixing-holes in the car-frame and concerning the brakes I heard more than various times metal-to-metal scratching whilst braking which means that the brake-shoe has been 100% worn-out so not even more serves which reduces the braking-force and can cause an extra lost of control over the vehicle during an emergency-brake. Not to mention the higher costs whenever once the brakes will be repaired, but that’s not my problem at all!
Concerning the tires one can have his/her own immaginations……………..

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About Antoni Uni

I am born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and went to Spain, l'Escala - Costabrava, in 1988. After 15 years I made a mistake and went travelling in S.E. Asia. and in 2005 I dropped down in Bangkok where I still live. Mijn website met foto's is: http://www.antoniuniphotography.com/
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