Korean Tourist Bus Crash Leaves One Dead in Chiang Rai

A bus carrying tourists from South Korea crashed into an oncoming pick-up truck in Chiang Rai province on 24 Jan 2015, killing one person and injuring 16.

CHIANG RAI – A bus carrying tourists from South Korea crashed into an oncoming pick-up truck in Chiang Rai province this morning, killing one person and injuring 16.

The driver of the pick-up truck was killed in the collision, while at least 16 South Korean tourists on the bus were injured by the impact, Pol.Lt. Patcharawat Taweewuttirat said. 

Police say the incident took place on Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai Road in Mae Saruai district shortly after midnight. 

Luen Traipat, the 58-year-old driver of the chartered bus, said he was driving the tourists from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai province. According to Luen, he "suddenly" lost control of the bus and slammed into the pick-up truck on the opposite lane at a high speed. 

Police have arrested and charged Luen with reckless action leading to death of others. 

 

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