Brake Failure Leaves 30 Chinese Tourists Briefly Stranded on Patong Hill in Phuket

Patong –

A minibus with about 30 Chinese passengers suffered from what the driver said was a brake failure on Patong Hill. The resulting incident led to the tourists being delayed from reaching their destination and having to be transported via other vehicles.

The Patong Traffic Police were notified of the incident on Friday (October 6th) on the Phra Baramee Road near the Suwan Khiriwong Temple (Patong Temple). They arrived at the scene to find a tour minibus on the hill. About 30 Chinese passengers had been asked to get off the minibus and were standing around the area in a state of confusion and anxiety.

The unidentified driver told The Phuket Express that he was taking the Chinese passengers from the Phuket International Airport to a hotel in Patong. However, the bus had a sudden brake failure, according to him. He decided to steer the bus to the side of the road before using rocks to lock the wheels to prevent the minibus from moving backward.

The Chinese passengers were later transported to their hotels via other vehicles. Mechanics were called to fix the minibus.

It was unclear if an investigation would take place into the incident by the bus company.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.