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Serious Bus Crash, Chumphon.

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At approximately 22:20 on June 16, a serious accident occurred involving a bus, a timber truck, and a pickup truck near the U-turn at Tha Sae Highway (Khao Phang), on the northbound side of Phetkasem Road towards Bangkok. The incident took place in Tha Kham Sub-district, Tha Sae District, Chumphon Province.


The Sainamchumphon Rescue Center received the initial report and promptly dispatched rescue teams equipped with cutting tools and lighting devices to the scene. On arrival, they found a Sombat Tour Company bus (Route 64- 13), traveling from Ranong to Bangkok, heavily damaged.


The collision resulted in numerous injuries, with 29 people hurt in total:
- 24 bus passengers
- 4 bus staff members
- 1 pickup truck occupant


Tragically, two individuals, both bus staff members, lost their lives and were trapped inside the bus. The deceased were identified as one male driver and one female attendant. 




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Thai news update.Report:


“The incident involved a tour bus colliding with a trailer truck carrying rubberwood logs on Phetkasem Road near the U-turn in front of Khao Phang Highway Police Station in Tha Kham Sub-district, Tha Sae District. The collision resulted in multiple injuries and two fatalities.


Upon receiving the report, police and rescue teams from Chumphon Khet Udomsak Hospital, Tha Sae Hospital, Thonburi-Chumphon Hospital, and the Chumphon Charity Rescue Foundation rushed to the scene. The accident occurred on the northbound side of the highway toward Bangkok.


At the scene, a white and blue Sombat Tour bus with Bangkok-Ranong route stickers (license plate 15-4515, Bangkok) was found severely damaged after rear-ending a white Hino trailer truck (license plate 70-0900, Ranong) loaded with rubberwood logs. The impact scattered vehicle debris and logs across the road.


Rescue teams provided first aid to the injured, who were then transported to Chumphon Khet Udomsak Hospital, Thonburi-Chumphon Hospital, and Tha Sae Hospital. Among the deceased were the bus driver, identified as Mr. Thanakorn, who was trapped behind the wheel, and a female bus attendant, found pinned by debris near the front of the bus. Rescue teams used cutting equipment to extricate their bodies for further forensic examination.


Additionally, a single-cab pickup truck, driven by Mr. Sornchat, 45, from Na Kratam Sub-district, Tha Sae District, Chumphon Province, collided with the rear of the tour bus, causing severe front-end damage. Another pickup truck subsequently rear-ended Mr. Sornchat's vehicle. Both pickup truck drivers were unharmed.


Mr. Manoch, 42, the driver of the trailer truck from Ranong, stated that he was en route from Pak Chan Sub-district, Kra Buri District, Ranong to deliver logs in Trang Province. He claimed to have signaled appropriately before making the U-turn to refuel when he heard a loud crash.


Mr. Sornchat, the driver of the single-cab Isuzu pickup, reported driving at approximately 80 km/h in the left lane when the accident occurred rapidly, causing his vehicle to hit the tour bus.


The tour bus had departed from Ranong with 24 passengers, two drivers, and two female attendants, totaling 28 people. The police are currently collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, and gathering physical evidence at the scene to determine the exact cause of the accident.”



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