Driver Dies, 14 People Injured After Passenger Bus from Bangkok to Songkhla Crashes in Chumphon

Chumphon –

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.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.