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21 November 2007 :: 17:11:41 pm 38542

BUS CRASHES INTO A ROW OF VEHICLES; ONE FOREIGNER DIED; MANY THAI INJURED

A school bus, with young girl and boy scouts, was lost control and crashed into a row of cars. One foreigner was instantly killed. His wife had sustained severe injury and many other Thai were injured. The bus driver ran away. Fortunately, all students were safe but very frightened.
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On 21 November 2007, at 11.30 AM, Pol.Lt.Col. Niphon Pomsanam, Sattahip, was notified of an accident at a traffic light junction of Sukhumvit road, km 1, routing Sattahip-Rayong. There were many injuries. One person was trapped and another person was dead in the same car.
Police team along with Rojanathamasatharn rescue Sattahip, Somdet Pranangjaosirikit hospital rescue and Arpakorn kiatiwong hospital Sattahip, km 10, rushed to the scene and helped transferring many injuries to Somdet Pranangjaosirikit hospital and Sattahip hospital, km 10, Plutaluang. At the incident, there was an injured woman who was trapped inside a bronze Honda car with another foreigner who was also trapped and had been dead. Rescue team managed to take them out and immediately sent the injured woman to the hospital.

A red-white and blue school bus, license 31-3674, Bangkok, belongs to Derm Bang transportation, transferring girl and boy scouts from Lamsalee school, had crashed into car, truck and motorbike, altogether eight vehicles. The accident was at the junction of Sukhumvit road, km 1, routing Sattahip-Rayong. The most damaged car was a bronze Honda City, license 1469, Chonburi, that was crushed by the bus and a Thai woman and a foreigner were trapped inside. The rescue team managed to take them out of the car. The Thai woman who had sustained a severe injury was immediately transferred to the hospital but the foreigner had been dead. There were other seven injured victims from other cars, who were taken to the hospitals.

Many other damaged cars were: a bronzed Honda Civic, license 7354, Bangkok/ a red Opel van, license 4854, Bangkok, driven by Mr. Akaluck Cheawsanguen (29), from Sattahip/ a bronze Honda City, license 3701, Chonburi/ a bronze Mitsubishi Strada truck, license 1116, Bangkok/ a red Nissan truck, license 3646, Chonburi/ a red Izusu truck, license 997, Chonburi/ a bronze Honda Wave motorbike, license 612, Rayong.

Mr. Akaluck, a driver of Opel car, told officials that he was the first car at the traffic light which was red. While waiting for the light to turn green, there was a car crashed into the rear part heavily to cause his car to bounce off and many other cars behind him had been collided along. The bystanders said that they saw the bus coming from the left lane. Until reaching to Soi Bon Gai, the bus crashed into a car that had a foreigner and Thai woman as a driver inside. The car was crushed by the bus and got stuck there.

The teacher who was responsible in taking care of students was questioned: The bus has been operating the service of transferring girl and boy scouts from Lamsalee school, Bangkok, along with other buses, altogether 260 people, to psychology operation camp, at Naval base for three days. It was the last day of the activity and they were going to visit Jakri Narubet Warship and Turtle conservation center. The bus had problem with the brake and lost control to cause the big accident.

The injured people were: Warrant officer Pakorn Robkrob (36), from Sattahip/ Mrs Waranee Wanprasart (32), from Sattahip, who was driving a car, accompanied by a foreigner/ Mr. Warin Udom-amnuey (27), from Surathani province, Warrant officer Sathien Soonsanam (37), from Sattahip, Miss Manthana Glin-noi (22), from Sattahip. One person who was dead by in the accident was Mr. Michael Josef Fearon (62), an American citizen, who was in a car with Mrs. Waranee.

Mrs. Nualchan Sramool (39), a bus conductor said that, all students and teachers who had been to psychology operation camp, at Naval base, were from Surao Wangyai school, Surao Hua Mark school and Lamsalee school, Bangkapi, Bangkok. The bus driver that caused the accident had escaped during the chaos. Police will follow up to find him for further investigation. All students and teachers from the accidental bus were transferred to other buses. Fortunately, no student or teacher had injury.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Crime News

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