A TRIP by a group of older Bangkok tourists to pray at 2 temples at Khao Koh mountain in central Phetchabun province ended in a disaster with 20 getting injured and one later dying after the double-decker tour coach they were traveling in flipping sideways when the brakes failed, INN News reported today (Nov. 12).
The accident occurred in the middle of Highway No. 12 (Phitsanulok-Lom Sak) in Lom Sak district of this province with 4 of the 20 injured tourists being in serious condition and one of them, Mrs Busakron Thongsri, 64, from Nong Khaem district of Bangkok, later dying.
Lt. Col. Kiatudom Nadee, commander of the 28th Cavalry, sent 20 soldiers to help move the coach from the highway because it was blocking the traffic with only one lane usable and this leading to a long tailback.
It is believed that brake failure led to this accident as the coach was descending the mountain and the driver tried to move it to the side of the road before it flipped over.
The coach was carrying 43 older adult tourists who had traveled from Bangkok to pray at Wat Pa Phu Thap Boek and Wat Phra That Pha Sorn Kaew at Khao Koh mountain resort and had spent the night there and were on their way back home.
Top: The double-decker tour coach lying sideways across Highway No. 12 in Petchabun province. Photo: INN News