A DOUBLE-DECKER tour coach traveling from eastern coastal Rayong province to Lom Sak district in north-central Phetchabun province skidded off the road and hit an electricity pole at 4.15 a.m. this morning (July 31, 2018) after the driver swerved to avoid hitting a horse, the Thai-language daily reported.
Killed in this accident was Mrs Anu Kasi, 69, who suffered a head wound, while 26 other passengers were injured with 1 being in a serious condition. Rescuers quickly took them to hospital.
The tour bus had left Rayong with 45 passengers on board, but while going through Highway 21 (Lom Sak-Saraburi) the driver, Somrith Thepinthorn, 70, lost control of the large vehicle after dodging a horse that had trotted up in front.
Pol.Sen.Sgt.Maj. Sarayuth Thongdej, who was at a police booth in Baan Tok community, said another horse was killed just 10 minutes earlier after a sedan hit it and crashed through the median barrier to the other side. A pickup truck which drove up moments later crushed the animal, killing it on the spot.
He added that there is a herd of 6 to 7 years old horses being raised at a college in this area and some of them had come to the roadside to eat grass.
Top: A passenger being brought out of the crashed double-decker bus. Photo: Matichon
Below: The tour coach after it hit the power pole. Photo: Matichon