A bus driver was pronounced dead at the scene while 14 people sustained injuries after a passenger bus from Bangkok to Hat Yai (in Songkhla) crashed in Chumphon.
The Tha Sae Police were notified of the accident after midnight at 0:40 A.M. on Saturday (September 2nd) on the main southern road, Petchkasem Road, in the Had Punkrai sub-district in Mueang Chumphon.
Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find the passenger bus, Bangkok – Hat Yai (in Songkhla) overturned on the roadside. The main driver, Mr. Surachai Buaphet, 43, from Trang, was found dead near the driver’s seat. Fourteen people, mostly domestic tourists, had sustained injuries and they were taken to a nearby hospital.
The second driver told police that the bus was traveling from Bangkok heading to Hat Yai. There were 17 people in total on the bus which included 14 passengers, a bus crew member, and two drivers. The bus driver lost control before crashing into the central reservation.
At this stage, police believe that the driver fell asleep at the wheel. However, they are continuing their investigation to find the exact cause of the accident.