Survivor of fatal bus accident recounts harrowing experience

Picture courtesy of Sanook

Mattikan, a recent graduate also known as King, narrowly escaped a fatal bus accident that claimed 14 lives in Huay Yang, Thap Sakae, Prachuap Khiri Khan. She was travelling home from Bangkok to Thung Song, Nakhon Si Thammarat, intending to give her graduation gown to her father as a National Father’s Day gift. At the time of the accident, she was seated on the lower level, behind the driver, in a state of sleep.

Awoken by cries for help, she found herself pinned inside the damaged vehicle with the emergency exit inaccessible. Her rescue came swiftly from emergency services who broke the glass to free her. She sustained severe injuries including a large laceration on her forehead requiring 16 stitches, along with multiple bruises and abrasions on her body.

Admitting to having felt intense fear during the incident, she was particularly concerned for her sister who suffered a broken leg and was unable to move. Her sister is currently undergoing treatment at Prachuap Khiri Khan Hospital for a dislocated hip and a broken leg.

Officials have been in contact regarding assistance, and she calls for related agencies to support the victims fully, reported Sanook.

King, still in a state of shock, admits to feeling lucky as her injuries were less severe than others. She expresses a newfound fear of tour buses, usually preferring trains or planes.

The decision to take the ill-fated bus was a last-minute one due to concerns about not being able to reach home in time.

King also showed reporters two amulets she wears, credited with potentially saving her life: one of Luang Phor Klay Vajasit, a famous southern monk, and another known as Ai Khai Wat Chedi from Chalong, Sichon, Nakhon Si Thammarat. She believes that these amulets, along with their inherent Buddhist virtues, have protected her from harm.

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Samantha Rose

Samantha was a successful freelance journalist who worked with international news organisations before joining Thaiger. With a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from London, her global perspective on news and current affairs is influenced by her days in the UK, Singapore, and across Thailand. She now covers general stories related to Thailand.

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