PHAYAO – A Bangkok-Phayao air-conditioned bus crashed into a trailer truck in Phayao at 8 pm Wednesday, killing the bus driver, a monk and two other passengers while injuring eight other passengers, police said.
The truck-trailer loaded with red grapes was on its way to Bangkok while the coach, with 11 passengers, was traveling to Chiang Rai’s Chiang Khong district when the accident occurred around 8pm in tambon Huai Lan of Dok Kham Tai district.
Karn Phothong, 49, who was driving a tanker truck behind the coach on Sai Phayao-Chaing Kham road, told police that the 10-wheeler lost control as it sped down a slope, hitting the Sombat Tour coach, which was going up the hill.
The coach plunged into a ravine, quickly followed by the tractor-trailer, which skid for a short distance before going off the road. Mr Karn’s vehicle also was damaged slightly.
Sophon Pitaksalee, an official from Phayao Transport office, said six bus passengers were rushed to two nearby hospitals, the local police are investigating the actual cause of accident.