29 killed in bus tragedy in Phetchabun

national December 27, 2013 00:00

By Sanom Boonjanteuk
The Nation

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A bus skidded off a local bridge and plunged down by a 50 meters, killing 29 passengers and seriously injured four others late on Thursday in Phetchabun's Lom Sak district.

The bus skidded off a local bridge at about 11pm on Thursday night, said Pol Capt Sawaeng Sangthong of the Ban Klang Police Station in the district. “It plunged down by about 50 metres,” he said. 
More than 100 rescue workers rushed to the scene to deliver assistance. However, with steep depth off the Huai Tong Bridge on the Lom Sak – Chum Phae Road, it was very difficult to stage rescue operations. 
“We believe the bus was speeding at the time it reached a curve and steep bend,” Sawaeng said. 
He said police saw marks showing the bus had banged against barriers of the bridge.
The bus driver was identified as Surin Kaewmusee. 
The bus, which belongs to the Sombat Tour Co Ltd, was servicing the Chiang Rai – Khon Kaen route at the time. 
“All injured victims were sent to the Lomsak Hospital,” Sawaeng said. 

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