Coach carrying Chinese tourists crashes in northern Thailand

Photo courtesy of Pattaya News

A late-night journey turned deadly as a coach carrying 33 Chinese tourists met with a horrific accident on Phahonyothin Road, Thoen, Lampang in northern Thailand.

Thoen police officers rushed to the scene after receiving a fatal accident report at 11.20pm on Tuesday, May 7. They found the coach severely damaged, having crashed into roadside trees. Tragically, the driver, identified as 31 year old Chaturapat was found dead.

According to authorities, two passengers sustained serious injuries while 31 others suffered minor injuries. Emergency services provided immediate aid before transferring the wounded to nearby hospitals.

The investigation revealed that the coach, en route from Fang, Chiang Mai to Bangkok, might have skidded due to driver fatigue or slippery road conditions following rain, reported Pattaya News.

Further investigations are underway to ascertain the exact cause of this devastating accident.

In related news, a bus journey to the picturesque Similan Islands took a horrific turn when a vehicle ferrying 17 Chinese tourists careened off the road in Tha Chatchai, located in the northernmost part of Phuket. The incident occurred early morning on January 16.

Authorities were alerted to the disaster at 8.10am. Responding to the call were Tha Chatchai police officials, including Police Lieutenant Colonel Akaraphon Sriwilai, as well as rescue workers from the Kusuldharm Foundation. An emergency response unit from the Mai Khao Tambon Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor) also joined them at the scene.

In other news, a tour bus veered off course, leaving a trail of injuries among Malaysian tourists and locals in Bo Phloi district, Kanchanaburi. The calamity struck between kilometre markers 14 and 15 on the Bo Phloi-Lat Ya Road, drawing a swift response from authorities on the afternoon of February 22.

First responders, including police and medical teams, rushed to the scene following the distress call around 1.30pm. They encountered a harrowing sight: all 39 passengers aboard the bus, including 37 Malaysian nationals, had suffered injuries, with some in critical condition.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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