BANGKOK – A double-decker bus carrying local holidaymakers crashed head-on with a trailer on a highway in Nakhon Ratchasima province last night, killing at least 16 of its passengers while leaving 33 others injured.
According to the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation department director, Suthep Ruentawin, the bus was heading to Kalasin in the north-east of the country from Chantaburi, eastern Thailand, when the tragic accident occurred at about 7.30 pm (8.30 pm in Malaysia).
“Following the collision with the trailer, the bus veered off the highway and hit a roadside shelter and overturned,” he said, adding that many of the victims of the bus died at the scene of the accident due to severe injuries they suffered.
The injured passengers were sent to nearby hospitals in Wang Nam Khiao, Maharat and Nakhon Ratchasima and the Suranari University of Technology Hospital, he said.
The authorities expect the number of casualties to increase due to the severity of injuries suffered by some of the victims.
Meanwhile, Col Jeerawat Prayoonsub from the Udomsub Police Station told local the media that the bus driver survived the accident and had been taken in by the authorities for further questioning. The bus was alleged to had been driven above the speed limit when the accident happened. – BERNAMA