The double decker tour bus, carrying students and teachers from Tambon 2 Municipal School in Taphanhin district, Phichit, experienced break failure before it crashed into an oncoming in pickup truck at 5.30 pm.
Doi Saket police inspector Pol Lt Col Uthai Puangchan, said that after the Wongboontra Tour Co., Ltd. bus crashed into the pickup it then plunged into the roadside of the Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai highway.
The school students had just visited Chiang Rai province and were heading to Chiang Mai. The crash instantly killed two students while another later died at hospital was a passenger of the pickup truck.
Police have identified the dead students to be Jirayutch Rabprakhathum, a Mathayomsueksa grade six student, Chakaphan Nakket, Mathayomsuek grade three student and the passenger of the pickup truck who died has been identified as Mrs Bongkhot Jaipin.
Rescue teams assisted and helped transport dozens injured passengers to Doi Saket Hospital and other nearby hospitals. Two of the injured remain in a critical situation.
On top of the bus’s break failure, police said that rains and slippery mountain road might have also contributed to the accident. The accident also occurred on a dangerous curve which has been the site of many other accidents.
The last accident occurred in that same area was on Jan.19, 2007, when a tour bus carrying teachers from Chanthaburi crashed. Twenty one teachers were killed in this accident.
(Photos courtesy of CM 108.Com, Chiang Mai Rescue & Highways Police Rescue )
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