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Tour Bus Carrying 37 Passengers Overturns in Phuket



 Thawit Bilabdullar

The injured Russian tourists were taken to Patong Hospital – Photo Thawit Bilabdullar


PHUKET – A group of 37 Russian tourists on a bus tour in Phuket were involved in an accident which left 25 of the visitors with minor injuries, and the two tour operators more seriously injured.

The accident happened on the island of Phuket on their way from the airport. The bus, according to Russian embassy representatives, overturned after a collision with a small car.

The bus driver, Aroon Yaemkua, told police that he was descending the large hill southbound out of Kamala toward the coastal road when he was forced to swerve to avoid a car attempting to overtake the bus.

According to the report, all of the people on board were taken to a local hospital for evaluation, but a catalogue of the injured has not been made available yet.

Embassy officials stressed that the injuries to the tourists were not severe, though the local Thailand guides did suffer more significant injuries when the bus slid off of the road and turned over.

No deaths were reported. Embassy officials are compiling a list with the names of the injured which will be released once complete.

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