PHANG NGA — Five Chinese tourists were severely wounded in a bus crash in the southern province of Phang Nga this morning.
The accident took place at around 11 am near Phu Nga Hotel, Taak Daad district. The bus appeared to have been flipped on its side after crashing into roadside concrete pillars, rescue volunteers said.
Ten Chinese tourists and one Thai guide were on the bus at the time of the accident, police say. Five tourists have been admitted to Phang Nga Hospital for "severe injuries," while three more were lightly injured in the accident, according to medical workers at the hospital.
Sanya Anantapetch, 36, told police he was hired to drive the tourists from Phuket province to their hotel in Phang Nga. He said the accident took place because it was raining and he was unable to slow the bus down in time for a curve.
"I tried hitting the brake, but it would not slow down," Sanya said.
According to data compiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Thailand has the 7th highest number of traffic deaths and injuries in the world.