A bus carrying Chinese tourists from Krabi to Phang-nga province crashed into a roadside power pole and fell into a ditch in Takua Thung district, killing the Thai bus driver and injuring at least 19 tourists.

Police said the tour bus of CNR Travel Co with 35 Chinese tourists on board was travelling from a hotel in Krabi province to a pier in Takau Thung district.

The bus left Krabi early in the morning and on the Phetkasem highway.

However as it was arriving near Takua Thung police station at 8 am, the bus lost balance and rammed into a power pole and fell into the ditch.

Police said rescue teams rushed to the scene and pulled out all passengers. All of them were sent to nearby hospital. The bus driver, later identified as Arkhom Daengnam, died at the wheel.

Of the 19 injured tourists, four sustained serious injuries, according to initial reports.

It was not immediately known the cause of the incident but police suspected the diver might be in drowsy driving.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)

By tladmin