BKK-Khonkaen Bus Crashes After Driver 'Dozes Off'

(17 February) A bus has crashed in Nakhon Ratchasima province early this morning after its driver had reportedly dozed off behind the wheel.


The driver, who was later identified as Mr. Pirom Luang-Ei, 59, died at the scene. Many passengers also suffered injuries, but no additional death has been reported so far. 
Rescue workers spent more than 30 minutes at the scene to retrieve the injured passengers through the front windshield of the wrecked bus. 
The bus was operated by Nakhonchai Air Company. A passenger said the bus departed Mo Chit Bus Terminal in Bangkok at 23.00 last night with maximum capacity and was bound for Khonkaen province. 
When the bus approached the scene, the passenger said, the bus was visibly swaying before it eventually slid off the road and collided into a tree. 
Police believe the driver fell asleep behind the wheel, but stressed that the investigation is ongoing.
Correction: The original version of this article incorrectly identified the name of the bus company as Nakhonchai Tour Company. It should have read Nakhonchai Air. The mistake has been fixed. 

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