Fatal accident on Kata Hill raises concerns about Patong Hill bus ban

PHUKET: Yet another bus accident, this time killing a motorcyclist on the Kata Hill road yesterday morning, has raised concerns about increased bus traffic in the area after the controversial Patong Hill bus ban takes effect.

Worrapong Chaichomphu, 25, was travelling downhill toward Chalong when a bus travelling uphill crossed the center line and struck him in front of the Baan Kata School.

“The bus dragged the motorcycle for several meters before it stopped,” said Lt Chamaiporn Supakom of the Karon Police.

Mr Worrapong died en route to the hospital.

The bus driver, Banjerd Chuangsri, was charged with reckless driving causing death and destruction of property.

Once the trial ban on buses and trucks travelling west over Patong Hill begins, Patak Road over Kata Hill is likely to see an increase in bus traffic, as buses are forced to enter Patong via Chalong or Cherng Talay.

“I just heard the news that officials want to ban buses from travelling over Patong Hill,” Lt Chamaiporn said.

“I do not think this is a good idea. Accidents will be more likely on Kata Hill if more buses have to use it.”

“I hope the officials find a better way to keep people safe on the roads,” he said.

— Chutharat Plerin

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