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Speeding Bus Plummets off Embankment Killing 12 Tourist on Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai Highway

Rescue workers sort through the tangled wreckage of the badly damaged tour bus in Doi Saket district, Chiang Mai, on Sunday. (Photo by Cheewin Sattha)

Rescue workers sort through the tangled wreckage of the badly damaged tour bus on Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai Highway (Photo by Cheewin Sattha)

CHIANG MAI – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Chatchai Promlert has reported that 12 tourists from Malaysia were killed and 11 of their companions injured when the bus they were travelling in ran off the road on the highway between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai Provinces on Sunday.

The incident happened on Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai Highway in Ban Pan Fan village of Pa Miang sub-district in Doi Saket at about 11.30pm, said Chatchai Promlert.


The wreckage of the ill-fated tour bus at the scene of the accident near Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai road, Chiang Mai province

The wreckage of the ill-fated tour bus at the scene of the accident on Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai Highway (Photo by Cheewin Sattha)


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The bus was heading from Chiang Rai province to Chiang Mai when it hit a passenger car and then slammed into a power pole before plunging over an embankment.

Police reported the Thai bus driver hit another vehicle earlier in Mae Khajan area of Chiang Rai and was being chased by the driver of the damaged vehicle.

The bus driver noticed the diver of the vehicle he hit earlier was following him and he started speeding and driving recklessly, trying to escape the vehicle.

Rescue workers rushed the injured to several local hospitals, while Tourist police and translators of the Chinese consulate-general in Chiang Mai assisted officials and offered help.

Police said thee bus driver is in custody at Doi Saket Hospital, where he will be tested for alcohol and drugs, charges of reckless driving causing death and fleeing the scene of an accident are pending.

By Cheewin Sattha

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