PHOTO: Facebook/Tongsiasiangtueng Rescue
A bus crew has been killed after a tour bus travelling from Hat Yai to Bangkok for a mathematics competition ran off the road and hit a tree. The driver and 18 student were all injured. The bus ran off the main road in Chumpon, about half-way through the journey north.
Police and foundation rescue workers headed to the scene where they found a young man dead and 19 others, mostly students, trapped in the wreckage. Everyone was pulled out of the partly overturned bus and taken to hospital.
The deceased was identified as 17 year old Prompiriya Semneng, the bus crew.
27 year old bus driver Warodom Chudrung told police in hospital that he was feeling sleepy and was trying find a place to park the bus and rest. He says he suddenly woke up when the bus hit the tree.
The 18 students included 12 girls and 6 boys from the Hat Yai Witthaya 2 School in Songkhla province.
A maths teacher from the Witthaya 2 School told police that they’d rented the two tour buses to take the 72 Mathayom Suksa 1 students to Bangkok. The buses left Hat Yai at sunrise to attend the maths camp at Siam Park City in Bangkok.
Police say the driver will be remanded in custody and charged with reckless driving causing death.
Thailand road toll: 554 dead this month, 11,462 this year
PHOTO: U-Turn crash in Bangkok – Daily News
Daily news reports fatalities at the scene of accidents yesterday claimed the lives of 21 people. Yesterday was a busy day on Thailand’s roads at the end of a long weekend.
They say the numbers reported are only those that die at the scene. In reality, when hospital deaths and all regions report their stats, the figures end up much higher.
So far this October 554 have died at the scene of accidents resulting in a yearly total nationwide of 11,462. Thailand is recognised by the World Health Organisation as the fifth highest road toll in the world, per capita.
Figures are reported daily by Daily News who highlight the need to be vigilant at U-turns in their story about this air-conditioned bus (above)on Route 29 that collided with the back of a container truck.
Seven passengers on the bus were injured in the accident on Pahonyothin Road near the Kesri 5 housing estate in Klong 1, Klong Luang district north of Bangkok. The truck driver was trying to execute a U-turn at the time.
SOURCE: Daily News | ThaiVisa
Phuket motorcycle crash leaves one tourist dead, another injured
PHOTO: Kamala Police
The Phuket News reports that an Indian woman has been killed, and her male companion injured, following a motorcycle accident in Patong.
The accident happened last night on the Patong to Kamala road. When police arrived on the scene shortly after 8.00pm, they found the tourists trapped under an SUV, with the 23 year old driver, Worachat Thapachetriwas, waiting at the scene.
The dead woman has been identified as 29 year old Indian national Pragya Paliwal, while the injured man is 27 year old Nitish Mishra, also from India.
Lt Col Somnuek Damkaew from Kamala Police says witnesses reported the man and woman heading south on the bike from Kamala beach while it was raining. Mr Mishra, who was driving, lost control of the bike, which slid across the road, into the path of the oncoming car.
Mr Mishra is being treated in Patong Hospital but there is no further information on his condition at this time.
SOURCE: The Phuket News
Driver’s coughing fit cuts parts of Pathum Thani’s internet and power
PHOTO: Daily News
An 18 wheel truck driver has driven into a communications pole in Pathum Thani, just north of Bangkok, leaving locals without electricity and the internet. The driver told the media that he drove his vehicle into the pole after losing control of the truck during a coughing fit.
44 year old Preecha was only slightly injured in the incident but told the media that he had been coughing for days. Some reporters helpfully suggested that he shouldn’t have been driving if he was still coughing.
The report was part of a Daily News campaign to raise awareness about the horrendous Thai road toll.
Wednesday was a better day that usual with fewer people dying on the roads than the daily average. 30 people died on Thai roads nationally but Daily News warns that these numbers are those that die at the scene of accidents. In reality the figures will be higher especially when all fatalities, both at the scene and in hospitals, are finally reported. Deaths at the scene this month, according to Daily News, are so far 404 people.
The total for the year stands at 11,313. Thailand is currently listed as the world’s fourth most dangerous roads, sitting behind three African countries.
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