40 Students Injured as Bus Driver Dozes Off at Wheel

Students receive first aid after their bus crashed in Khamphaeng Phet city early Thursday morning.

KAMPHAENG PHET — At least 40 students were injured when their bus overturned and crashed early Thursday morning in Kamphaeng Phet city. The driver told police he fell asleep.

At about 4am, the Bangkok-bound bus was carrying almost 50 students from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang from a camp in Chiang Mai province when it left the road and crashed through a roadside statue shop.

Several students were seriously injured and taken to a hospital for treatment, according to Capt. Chakrapong Jainakrob of Kamphaeng Phet police.

Driver Banchoed Boonchan had not yet been charged as of Thursday morning, Chakrapong said. The 42-year-old driver told police he felt sleepy and nodded off since there was no backup driver.

Chakrapong said the bus was among four carrying approximately 200 students.

Debris of the shattered statues where the bus came to a stop Thursday morning.
Debris of the shattered statues where the bus came to a stop Thursday morning.