Patong Police arrived at the scene with Kusoldharm rescue workers at 10:30pm to find a damaged MKR Transport tour bus crashed into the bushes by the side of the road.
In the middle of the road was a demolished Nissan pickup truck fitted with a “box-on-back” container.
Under the debris spilled from the container was the wreckage of a Honda Click motorbike.
Three people from the pickup truck, the motorbike driver and six people from the bus were treated at Patong Hospital, according to a patient list posted there.
The driver of pickup truck, Supachai Jaiyen, 27, suffered severe injuries, while other people involved in the accident suffered only minor injuries, the list reported.
The motorbike driver was named as Natachanon Kongchan, 21, listed with minor injuries only.
The bus driver, Anan Kasing, 56, also escaped serious injury, but was taken to hospital for examination.
There were “about 26” passengers on board the bus at the time of the accident, The Phuket News was told. Rescue workers reported that the 26 were Chinese tourists.
Police theorise the bus and the pickup were travelling to Patong when they collided, then the pickup truck slammed into the motorbike, which was travelling in the opposite direction.
Police are investigating the incident.