BURI RAM – 20 Passenger have been injured after a bus was carrying about 40 passengers from Pattaya to Mukdahan when it plunged into the ditch in tambon Sakaeprong in Muang district of Buri Ram Province.
The accident was reported around 6.30am on Saturday, said Pol Capt Thakorn Sereevorayot, a duty officer at the Nong Song Hong police station.
The bus then overturned, resulting in injuries to more than 20 passengers, including Thais and foreigners. Rescue workers took the injured to a nearby hospital.
Rungrot Wachadee, 29, said the bus had left Pattaya at 9.30pm on Friday for Mukdahan, the accident occurred when the driver of the bus appeared to lose control.
The Driver Anont Totaen is being held in police custody pending a urine test to for drugs and alcohol. The investigation into the cause is continuing.
Meanwhile, highways and motorways bound for the North, Northeast, East and South were jam-packed with vehicles as holiday makers started to return homes to celebrate the upcoming Songkran festival, and to meet their families as it is also the Thai traditional New Year.
All homebound traffic on the Eastern, Western ring roads, Bangkok- Chonburi motorway, Phaholyothin, Asia, Phetkasem and Mitraparb or Friendship highways were reported by Highway police to be heavily jammed due to huge pressures of vehicles streaming out of the capital.
Police have warned drivers that any driver caught for drunk driving will have the vehicle impounded immediately and driver put in jail.