13 Children Victims of Latest Bus Crash in Thailand

 | Fri 28 Feb 2014 12:16 ICT

CityNews – A bus crash in Prachinburi Province during early hours of Friday, 28th February, has injured 55 people and killed at least 15, 13 of whom were schoolchildren between the ages of 10 and 14 years old.

The double-decker bus was carrying around 60 schoolchildren from Nakhon Ratchasima to Pattaya for a seaside holiday when it collided with an 18-wheeler truck in front of it on a downward-sloping road. The bus then slammed into a nearby tree from the force of the crash.

Authorities speculate that the driver (who fled the scene and is still being searched for) must have fallen asleep, or the bus’s brakes might have failed.

This is yet another road-related tragedy in a country where 8,600 people lost their lives in road accidents last year.