NAKHON RATCHASIMA -A speeding interprovincial bus travelling from Bangkok to Roi Et rear-ended a truck in Non Sung district of this northeastern province in the early hours of Friday killing 3 passengers and injureing 18 others, five seriously.
Pol Lt Col Apinan Pluemmarang, a duty officer at Nong Sung police station reported the crash occurred around 2.20am on Friday.
The air-conditioned passenger bus, operated by Sahaphan Roi Et Tour Co, rammed into the rear of aÂ 18-wheel truck loaded with asphalt, rescue workers rushed the injured to Nong Sung and Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima hospitals.
Truck driver Charoonkiart Thanjai, 35, said he was slowing down as he was about to turn off the road and enter the weighbridge when the bus ran into his truck.
Passengers told police the bus was travelling at a very high-speed, when they heard the bus driver shouting that the brakes had failed.
The driver, Pornsathit Wongthalae, 40, fled the scene immediately after the fatal crash, Police are searching for the bus driver.
On March 9th two passengers were killed and 20 others injured when a chartered bus from Khon Kaen to Maha Sarakham skidded off a curve on KhonKaen-Yang Takad road in Chiang Yuen district of Maha Sarakham and rammed at a tree on the road shoulder.
The incident happened before dawn Wednesday as the chartered bus was carrying students to have an examination in Maha Sarakham