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.
Police said the bus crashed into the roadside guardrail and plunged into a 50-metre-deep ravine.
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.