A double-decker bus crashed into a tree in southern Thailand, killing at least 14 people and injuring 32, police said on Tuesday (5/12).
This long-distance bus was traveling from Bangkok to the southern tip of the kingdom, when it hit a tree on the coast of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Monday (4/12) evening.
Photos published in local media showed the front of the bus split in two by the force of the impact, with trees still pinned to the bus body.
“From the initial investigation, 14 people were killed and 32 people were injured,” Arnon Tangto, a police investigator in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Huay Yang district, told AFP, saying that an investigation was underway.
He said the cause of the accident could not be ascertained. But police suspect the driver, who was seriously injured but survived, may have been sleep deprived.
“We are working with the hospital to check his blood alcohol level,” said Arnon.
Police are still investigating whether all the victims killed were Thai citizens.
Thailand has one of the highest traffic accident rates in the world, with around 20,000 people dying each year, according to the World Health Organization. (ns/rs)