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Seven killed, 40 hurt in Korat bus-lorry crash

Seven killed, 40 hurt in Korat bus-lorry crash

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Seven people were killed and 40 others injured when a double-decker bus carrying health volunteers on a study trip to Pattaya rammed into a trailer lorry loaded with cassava roots at an intersection in Muang district of this northeastern province early on Saturday (Sept 26).

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 26 September 2020, 02:56PM


Rescue workers try to retrieve injured and dead victims from a double-decker tour bus which overturned after ramming into a trailer truck in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima early Saturday (Sept 26). Photo: Prasit Tangprasert

Rescue workers try to retrieve injured and dead victims from a double-decker tour bus which overturned after ramming into a trailer truck in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima early Saturday (Sept 26). Photo: Prasit Tangprasert

The fatal crash happened at the Chai Mongkhol bypass on Ratchasima-Pak Thong Chai route in Muang district, said Pol Lt Anucha Khammuang, a duty officer at Pho Klang police station, who was reported around 3.48am on Saturday (Sept 26).

The tourist bus with Kalasin licence plates was carrying 47 health volunteers from Ban Nam Sai village in Chaturaphak Phiman district of Roi Et on a study trip to Pattaya in Chon Buri. The bus overturned when police and rescue workers arrived at the scene. Many passengers were injured and screaming for help as they were trapped in the wreckage, Bangkok Post reports.

Rescue workers rushed to retrieve all people from the wreckage. Seven people were found dead and 40 others injured. The injured were sent to nearby hospitals.

About 50 metres away, a 22-wheel trailer with Lop Buri licence plates overturned with cassava roots scattered over the road.

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According to police investigation, the double-decker bus were one of the three tour buses taking health volunteers from Ban Nam Sai village in Roi Et for a study trip in Pattaya.

One survivor on the bus told police that the bus was travelling at such a high speed that the passengers could not sleep. Before the crash, the driver briefly slept at the wheel and some passengers urged him to stop for a rest. The driver said he could not do so because he had arranged to meet the drivers of the two other buses in Hinson hill area, said the survivor, according to the passenger.

According to police investigation, the double-decker bus were one of the three tour buses taking health volunteers from Ban Nam Sai village in Roi Et for a study trip in Pattaya.

One survivor on the bus told police that the bus was travelling at such a high speed that the passengers could not sleep. Before the crash, the driver briefly slept at the wheel and some passengers urged him to stop for a rest. The driver said he could not do so because he had arranged to meet the drivers of the two other buses in Hinson hill area, said the survivor, according to the passenger.

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Kurt | 28 September 2020 - 11:20:42

@ CaptainJack, figure wise I agree 100% with you. However, it is coz of the strict government ruling that Covid-19 didn't get much chance in Thailand, and keep figures very low ( when we believe the Government).
Covid-19 is a international thing. The Thai road 'non behaviour' a in the thai blood/brain local thing. Disinterest of Government to 'reform' this is the cherry on thi...

Little Tommy Tucker | 27 September 2020 - 21:01:10

I am living in Phuket. Terrible to see what has happened to the place. Lives destroyed. And it is only going to get worse

Christy Sweet | 27 September 2020 - 16:51:31

Death by politeness-no doubt nobody wanted to hurt the driver's feelings, but  I sure  would have raised hell had I been a passenger.

CaptainJack69 | 27 September 2020 - 12:24:05

Fun fact, that's 12% of the total COVID fatalities for Thailand. 12% of all the deaths that have kept the entire country in hysterical xenophobic lock-down for more than 6 months putting millions out of work and under the poverty line. 12% from one collision. Is anyone talking about shutting down the roads? Restricting travel? Even doing anything at all to reduce road deaths? No.

Crazy.

 

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