Chiangrai Times – Three people are dead after a tragic bus accident occurred between ChiangRai – ChiangMai highway. Two children are among the three people who have died when a Wongboontra tour bus full of school students crashed into an oncoming Pickup truck.
The tour bus, carrying students and teachers from Tambon Municipal School in Phichit, experienced break failure before it crashed into an oncoming in pickup truck.
The school students had just visited Chiang Rai Province and were heading to Chiang Mai. The crash instantly killed two students while a passenger of the pickup truck later died at hospital.
Doi Saket police inspector Pol Lt Col Uthai Puangchan, said that after the Wongboontra Tour Co., Ltd. bus crashed into the pickup it then plunged into the roadside of the Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai highway.
The ChiangMai Police have identified the dead students to be Jirayutch Rabprakhathum, a Mathayomsueksa grade six student, Chakaphan Nakket, Mathayomsuek grade three student and the passenger of the pickup truck who died has been identified as Mrs Bongkhot Jaipin.
Rescue teams assisted and helped transport dozens injured passengers to Doi Saket Hospital and other nearby hospitals. Two of the injured remain in a critical situation.
Local Police said that rains and slippery mountain road might have also contributed to the accident. The accident also occurred on a dangerous curve which has been the site of many other accidents
On Jan.19, 2007, a tour bus carrying teachers from Chanthaburi crashed in the same area. Twenty one teachers were killed in this accident. – Anna Wong