Thursday, 24 October 2013

21 killed, 19 injured when chartered bus plunges into roadside ravine in Lampang

A chartered bus taking merit makers back home from a temple plunged into a roadside ravine Sunday night, killing 21 people and injuring 19 others.

Police said the accident happened at 7 pm on the Wang Nua-Phayao Road in Tambon Wangthong in Lampang's Wang Nua district.

The bus driver lost control of the vehicle before it fell about 30 meters (98 feet) into the ravine on a curvy rural road, police Col. Somdet Tossaporn said.

Rescue workers had to tie ropes to the guardrail before they could climb down to rescue the injured passengers.

Police said all the killed passengers were women.

The bus was one of three buses taking Buddhists from Chiang Mai's Sarapee district to make merit at the Mai Charoen Temple in Wang Nua. The accident occurred while the buses were returning home.

Lampang is a mountainous area 600 kilometers (372 miles) north of Bangkok.

Up to 26,000 people are killed in road accidents every year in Thailand, according to the Interior Ministry.

Thursday 24 October 2013


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