SURAT THANI — At least 12 tourists were injured after their tour bus veered off a road on the southern island of Koh Samui.
The incident took place yesterday afternoon a hilly road near Na Nim waterfall in Mueang district, police say.
One of the tourists is in critical condition, according to medical workers at Koh Samui Hospital. The driver, Wanich Sridon, 29, fled the scene before police arrived.
Police have not identified the nationalities of all the tourists, but say some of them appear to be from Romania and Hungary.
Police say the vehicle, a large pick-up truck converted into a sightseeing car, was chartered by a company called "Funny Day Safari" to take the tourists to visit Na Nim waterfall.
Niran Klodsuwan, an eyewitness, told police he saw the vehicle driving "at a high speed" before it veered off a bend in the road.
"Some tourists flew out of the bus because of the impact," Niran said.
A police officer at Koh Samui Police Station said police are looking for the vehicle's driver for interrogation.