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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