Bus crash kills drivers, 44 passengers hurt

The double-decker operated by Lotusphibul Tours lies overturned after hitting a sign post on the Mittraphap Highway in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima province early on Tuesday morning. (Photo: Hook 31 rescue foundation)
The double-decker operated by Lotusphibul Tours lies overturned after hitting a sign post on the Mittraphap Highway in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima province early on Tuesday morning. (Photo: Hook 31 rescue foundation)

The two drivers on a long-haul bus were killed and 44 passengers injured when it hit a steel support for a road sign in Nakhon Ratchasima early Tuesday morning.

The double-decker, operated by Lotusphibul Tours, was on the way from Bung Kan to Bangkok.

A rescue foundation said the accident happened at about 2am. The bus slammed into a steel post supporting a road sign.

Both the driver and relief driver were killed and 44 passengers were injured. Twelve of them were from Laos.

Police said four injured passengers were in serious condition and were admitted to a local hospital.

It appeared the driver lost control at a curve.

All long-haul bus services must carry two drivers, for passenger safety.

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Vocabulary

  • curve: a line or surface that bends gradually; a smooth bend - เส้นโค้ง, ทางโค้ง
  • double-decker: a boat, bus, etc. that has two levels, i.e., two decks - เรือ, รถบัส, ฯลฯ ที่มีสองชั้น
  • foundation: an organisation that provides money for things such as medical research or for a charity - มูลนิธิ
  • injured (adj): hurt in an accident, natural disaster, attack, etc. - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ
  • long-haul: long-distance -
  • slammed into: hit with great force - ชนเข้าอย่างแรง
  • steel (noun): a strong hard metal that is made of a mixture of iron and carbon - เหล็ก
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