PHUKET: A foreigner escaped being run over by a Phuket tour bus loaded with Chinese tourists in Rawai this afternoon as he dumped his motorbike and dived to safety.
The foreigner, who asked not to be named, was waiting to turn right at the intersection in front of the Rawai Municipality offices.
“The tour bus crossed the center of the intersection while turning onto the beachfront road,” Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos told the Phuket Gazette.
Seeing the bus heading straight toward him, the foreigner dumped his motorbike and leaped out of the way.
“The motorbike was crushed under the bus,” Mayor Aroon said. “Luckily, the foreigner quickly got out of the way, otherwise he would have been badly injured.”
Both the foreigner and the bus driver, who was carrying Chinese tourists from Phromthep Cape to Rawai at the time of the accident, were taken to Chalong Police Station for questioning.
“The bus driver called his insurance agent to resolve the situation,” Mr Aroon explained.
The Rawai Mayor called on all motorists to exercise caution at the intersection.
“Please be careful when driving along roads in Rawai, especially big vehicles being driven on these small roads,” Mayor Aroon urged.
— Natthaphol Wittayarungrote