Injured Malaysian tourists wait for medical treatment next to a Thai police officer after a tourist bus crashed on a mountain roadside of Doi Saket district, Chiang Mai
CHIANG MAI – Thailand’s Department of Land Transport has revoked the driving license of the driver of a bus involved in Sunday’s crash in Chiang Mai, which left 14 dead.
The Bangkok Post
reported that Thailand’s Department of Land Transport (DLT) ordered to license of the driver, Somporn Bualuang, 58, to be revoked on Wednesday.
Somporn, who was in police custody, had been accused of reckless driving causing death and injuries, said DLT director-general Sanit Promwong. It was also stated that Thai authorities had revoked the operating license of tour company Weeraphan Tour & Travel, which provided the bus.
Sanit said the firm had violated transport safety rules when it failed to instruct the driver to stay within speed limits.
The Thailand’s Department of Land Transport reported that several survivors claimed faulty brakes had caused the accident, which saw the bus plunged off the highway between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
An initial investigation found the accident resulted from Somporn’s carelessness and speeding, as well as the coach’s less-than-perfect condition. The coach reportedly experienced a brake malfunction at a curve on the mountainous road, causing it to crash into a car, hit a pole and run off the road into a two-metre-deep ditch.
Police are also investigating a report that Somporn tried to flee from the site of an earlier crash with a pick-up truck in Chiang Rai province.
Chiang Mai Governor Pavin Chamniprasart said yesterday that the families of the 14 people killed when their coach crashed in Chiang Mai’s Doi Saket district, 13 Malaysian tourists and one Thai female guide – will receive Bt1.6 million (S$62,000) each in compensation from insurance companies.