Red Cross Bus Crash Injures Three

A public bus carrying passengers from Bangkok to Pichit province crashed on 24 April, 2014, killing the driver of the bus.

AYUTTHAYA — A double-decker bus operated by the Red Cross Society crashed in Ayutthaya province this morning, injuring three people.

The incident took place at a petrol station on the 25 km. mark of 347 Pathum Thani – Bang Pahan Road. Police found the Red Cross’s damaged bus and an 18-wheeler truck at the scene.

One of the injured individuals, 52-year-old bus driver Somboon Pratheepchuang, told police the accident was caused by an oncoming 18-wheeler truck that forced him to swerve off the road and crash into another truck that was being refueled inside the petrol station.

The police said it was very fortunate that the fuel gas was not ignited by the crash.

The Red Cross personnel riding the bus said they were en route to Ayutthaya province to provide medical services to local communities when the crash occured.

There was another double-decker bus crash early this morning in An Thong province.

A public bus carrying passengers from Bangkok to Pichit province reportedly slammed into a ten-wheeler truck travelling in front of the bus at the 59 km mark on Asia Road. 

The driver of the bus, Chalit Mueangmee, was killed in the crash.

Police speculated that the ten-wheeler truck was parked at a U-Turn on the road when the bus crashed into the back of the truck. According to the police, Mr. Chalit might not have seen the rear lights of the truck as they were obscured by goods on the truck's load.

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