Russian tourist killed in bus crash

A Russian tourist was killed and 38 others injured in a bus accident in Kanchanaburi's Sai Yok district on Friday, police said.

  • Published: 11/10/2013 at 05:48 PM
  • Newspaper section: news

Injured Russian tourists were taken to Sai Yok hospital after their bus overturned in Kanchanaburi on Friday. (Mcot photo)

Pol Lt Col Boonyiam Ketsakul, an investigating officer at Sai Yok police station, said the bus, with Bangkok licence plate No 32-2795, overturned as it came down a slope near Maha Wang Chang elephant village at around noon.

Rescuers had to use electric equipment to cut open the vehicle to get to the injured, including adults and children, as ambulances rushed to the scene.

A Russian woman thought to be in her mid-thirties suffered a punctured lung and succumbed to her injuries on the way to Sai Yok hospital.

Six of the injured tourists remain in a critical condition.

The bus driver, Kasian Karaket, 53, has been detained. He told investigators that he had been taking the Russians from Pattaya to the elephant village in Sai Yok. The trip started about 4am in the morning.

The driver said he lost control of the vehicle while driving down the slope, causing the bus to overturn.

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