44 students hurt when tour bus overturns

44 students hurt when tour bus overturns

The overturned bus blocks two lanes of the road to Bangkok in Kamphaeng Phet early on  Thursday morning.(Photo from Twitter of traffic radio @fm91trafficpro)
The overturned bus blocks two lanes of the road to Bangkok in Kamphaeng Phet early on Thursday morning.(Photo from Twitter of traffic radio @fm91trafficpro)

KAMPHAENG PHET -- Forty-four students from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) were injured when the bus they were travelling in overturned on Phahon Yothin Road in Muang district early on Thursday, police said.

Pol Capt Jakrapong Jainakrop, duty officer at Muang district police station, said the accident occurred  about 3am at Ban Mok Kluay Khai in tambon Angthong.

A chartered airconditioned bus taking 48 students back to Bangkok from Chiang Mai overturned. The driver admitted he fell asleep.

When police and rescuers arrived at the scene, the bus was on its side blocking two lanes of the Bangkok-bound side of the road.

Of the 48 students, 44 were injured, but not seriously.  They were admitted to Kamphaeng Phet Hospital.

They were among KMITL students from Bangkok on a 10-day camping tour of Chiang Mai. They had departed from Chiang Mai to return to Bangkok on four buses on Wednesday at 2pm.

Bancherd Boonchan, 42, the driver of the overturned bus  admitted he fell asleep at the wheel, leading to the accident, police said.



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