Eight tourists die at 'curve of a hundred corpses'

Eight tourists die at 'curve of a hundred corpses'

Rescue workers try to retrieve the bodies of dead and injured passengers from a tour bus which overturned after hitting a concrete barrier at a sharp curve in Kanchanaburi's Si Sawat district on Sunday. (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen)
Rescue workers try to retrieve the bodies of dead and injured passengers from a tour bus which overturned after hitting a concrete barrier at a sharp curve in Kanchanaburi's Si Sawat district on Sunday. (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen)

Eight people, including the driver, were killed and 28 others injured, 19 seriously, when a double-decker tour bus crashed into a concrete barrier at the "curve of a hundred corpses" in Kanchanaburi’s Si Sawat district on Sunday.

The accident happened on Si Sawat-Srinakarin Dam Road at Tabtao downhill curve in tambon Tha Kradan, said police who were alerted at around 11.20am.

The tour bus, carrying 40 passengers, failed to negotiate the sharp curve, causing it to hit the cement barrier and the mountain before overturned, police said.

Rescuers worked furiously to retrieve the bodies of the dead and injured passengers trapped in the wreckage of the bus. All were rushed to a nearby hospital.

A police investigation showed that the bus, carrying employees from W&H Film Co in Samut Sakhon’s Krathum Baen district who were on a rafting trip to Si Sawat in Kanchanaburi for the long holiday, was on the way back home when it hit the concrete barrier.

Police believed the driver might not have been familiar with the route and lost control of the bus.

Locals said there were frequent road accicdents at Tabtao curve. It was locally known as the "curve of a hundred corpses".


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