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Monk killed as bus rams barriers on hilly road

Monk killed as bus rams barriers on hilly road

PHETCHABUN: A monk was killed and 13 others injured when a tour bus carrying almost 50 monks and novices rammed into concrete barriers on a hilly road in Wichian Buri district on Saturday (Jan 14).


By Bangkok Post

Sunday 15 January 2023, 09:00AM


Rescue workers prepare to take injured monks to hospitals after a tour bus carrying 48 monks and novices and two laymen struck concrete barriers and overturned on a hill in Phetchabun on Saturday (Jan 14). Photo: Sunthorn Kongvarakhom / Bangkok Post

Rescue workers prepare to take injured monks to hospitals after a tour bus carrying 48 monks and novices and two laymen struck concrete barriers and overturned on a hill in Phetchabun on Saturday (Jan 14). Photo: Sunthorn Kongvarakhom / Bangkok Post

The incident happened on the Nam Om hill on Highway 225 along the Nakhon Sawan-Chaiyaphum route in tambon Yang Sao around 7am, reports Bangkok Post with reference to the police.

On arriving at the scene, police and rescue workers found a tour bus with Ubon Ratchathani licence plates overturned on the road. The driver had fled.

One monk was found dead and 13 other monks injured, one seriously. The dead monk was identified as Phra Maha Charoen Chakkawano, 36, deputy district chief monk of Kham Khuen Kaeo in Yasothon province. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

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The monks who escaped unhurt told police that the bus, carrying 48 monks and novices, the driver and two villagers from Yasothon, was on the way to Wat Pha Sorn Kaew hilltop temple in Khao Kho district of Phetchabun.

They said the driver tried to overtake a truck loaded with sugarcane on the hilly road, but the bus developed a brake problem. The driver lost control of the bus and it struck the roadside barriers before overturning.

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Kurt | 15 January 2023 - 09:50:41

The driver had fled. :-(   Bad inhumane person. Should have helped/assist to get his passengers out of the bus. Hope he never gets another employer who let him drive passengers.

JohnC | 15 January 2023 - 09:38:59

It developed a brake problem?? Hahaha. So nothing to do with the driver's stupid decision to overtake a loaded (overloaded no doubt) truck on a hilly road!! Why do so many Thais try to overtake in the most dangerous places? Something you see almost daily here.

 

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