Bus accident injures 18 passengers

CHUMPHON - Eighteen people were injured after a 24-seater bus bound for Hat Yai toppled into a roadside ditch in Muang district on Sunday.

The accident took place at 5am at kilometre marker 2 on Road 41 and police suspect the driver fell asleep while driving the Siam Transport Co inter-provincial bus from Bangkok to the commercial district of Songkhla province.

Chaithawa Siwbuan, head of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation office in Chumphon, said 13 of the injured were able to go home after receiving treatment while the rest were taken to Chumphon Hospital.

The accident came after the Transport Ministry's promise for better safety for passengers following an accident that killed 29 people and critically injured four when a bus from Chiang Rai to Khon Kaen province plunged into a deep ravine in Phetchabun province on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, a vehicle collision at a road curve in Buri Ram's Satuk district on Sunday killed four and injured three, one of whom is a young child, police said.

Anuchit Chaodong, an officer at Satuk police station, said a bronze Mitsubishi Lancer with one passenger was in the wrong lane when it crashed into a white Suzuki car with five people inside. 

Sathit Charoenrat, the driver of the sedan, 40, was found dead inside his vehicle. Adisorn Rakpla, 25, the other driver, Katchanee Nongharng, 47, Thonporn Kitjak, 38, a 15-year-old teen and a 3-year-old were rushed to Satuek Hospital.

Mr Adisorn later succumbed to his injuries. Information on the other dead was not available. 

A preliminary investigation revealed that the group in the white Suzuki were going to visit relatives in Kalasin province when at a curve, the bronze car that was going the opposite way drove into their lane as it attempt to overtake another vehicle leading to the collision. 

Pol Lt Anuchit said the accident caused heavy traffic congestion. Authorities took about an hour to clear the road. 

Despite promises made by the police to implement strict traffic regulations during the 2013 New Year period, the number of fatalities and injuries from road accidents continues to soar. 

Traffic accidents on Dec 28, the second day of the "seven dangerous days of 2013 New Year" claimed the lives of 47 people and injured 486, based on reports by the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department. That increased the road toll for the first two days to 86 killed and 885 injured from 866 accidents.

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Discussion 1 : 30/12/2013 at 03:35 PM
The monks can also tie a piece of string round your steering wheel which absolves you from all responsibility when driving. Apparently.
Discussion 2 : 30/12/2013 at 03:32 PM
The wretched scooters are the WORST things on the roads for causing accidents here. Almost every accident one sees involves a scooter.
Discussion 3 : 30/12/2013 at 11:04 AM
Yep, and often while flashing their high beams like complete buffoons who think they are too important to wait behind a slower vehicle.
Discussion 4 : 30/12/2013 at 10:08 AM
Why can't we get accurate reporting, cars and buses do not "fall off the road" or "topple into a ditch" they are driven into these places by dangerous driving caused by inept drivers.
Discussion 5 : 30/12/2013 at 09:29 AM
there it is again a thai driver over taking on a corner which he learnt to do riding a scooter which most of the time can be done, the problem then is thais get into a car or bus and drive it the same way as a scooter which cannot be done safely. all thai goverments from the past have a lot to answer to with road toll it is unbelivable goverment does nothing to fix the problem on thailands killing fields
Discussion 6 : 30/12/2013 at 06:20 AM
Reckless drivings has been the norm for may decades among the Thai drivers and the authorities still rely upon the same mode of operation a couple of times a year and expecting to see a better result. This is madness at its best.
Discussion 7 : 30/12/2013 at 05:33 AM
Guess they didn't exorcise all of the evil spirits.
Discussion 8 : 30/12/2013 at 05:03 AM
so better safety for passengers has been promised, what does that entail or is it just more empty promises?
Discussion 9 : 29/12/2013 at 11:16 PM
Passing on a curve. What can I say.I see it all the time.
Discussion 10 : 29/12/2013 at 09:55 PM
The issue is not safety, it is driver training and regulation. Are there any rules as to the number of hours these drivers work in a day, or a week? What kind of license, or training, is required to handle one of these vehicles? Just looking at the height and watching them travel the roads I would have to assume they are fairly unstable. Finally, there can be no improvement in safety unless there is an overall improvement in law enforcement. Talk is cheap, especially here, so unless there is some actions taken the carnage will continue.
Discussion 11 : 29/12/2013 at 08:51 PM
Sorry to learn of the accident and hope all recuperate fully and quickly, but isn't this the same road that was the subject of an article yesterday about the monks spraying holy water on the roadway and chanting to rid it of evil spirits?
Discussion 12 : 29/12/2013 at 08:07 PM
Anything that the PT puppets promise is an out and out lie. This you can count on 100%. Prove me wrong.

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