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Thai Bus Driver Flips Bus Killing 1 Injuring 29, trying to Pickup his Cell Phone

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bus crashed on Thursday in Khon Kaen, killing a passenger and injured almost 30 others, after the driver bent down to pick up his mobile phone. (Photos by Chakrapan Nathanri) Please credit and share this article with others using this link:http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/812600/1-killed-28-hurt-when-driver-flips-bus-reaching-for-phone. View our policies at http://goo.gl/9HgTd and http://goo.gl/ou6Ip. © Post Publishing PCL. All rights reserved.

A bus crashed on Thursday in Khon Kaen, killing a passenger and injured 29 others, after the driver bent down to pick up his mobile phone. (Photos by Chakrapan Nathanri)

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KHON KAEN – Pol Capt Pornchai Sangsila of Khon Kaen Highway police station has reported that one passenger has been killed and 28 others injured after the driver of an inter-provincial bus bent down to pick up his mobile phone in the foot-well and lost control of his vehicle.

Pol Capt Pornchai Sangsila told the Bangkok Post the Bus driver Yutthana Ninkham was driving a 32-seat VIP bus carrying 29 passengers on Mittraphap Highway when Mr Yutthana dropped his phone near his feet and leaned over to retrieve it while doing so, the bus veered off the road and plunged into a road median and overturned.

The dead passenger, identified as Pairach Chairat, 30 of Udon Thani, was found crushed underneath the wreckage.

Rescue workers and paramedics pulled out Mr Pairach and other injured passengers stuck inside and sent them to various local hospitals. The bus driver sustained minor injuries.

The bus left Si Sa Ket and was heading to northeastern province of Nong Khai when the accident took place, Pol Capt Pornchai.

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