Seven killed, 33 injured in major Korat tour bus accident heading to Pattaya

PHOTO: Hook 31 Korat Rescue


At least seven village health volunteers were killed while 33 have sustained various injuries when a bus they were travelling in from Roi-Et to Pattaya crashed into a trailer truck in Korat early this morning.

“Hook 31 Korat” rescue workers were notified of the accident at 3:44 AM at the Naklang Intersection on Korat – Pak Thongchai Road in Chai Mongkhol sub-district, Mueang District.

They arrived at the scene to find an overturned tour bus and a severely damaged trailer truck.

PHOTO: Hook 31 Korat Rescue

Rescue workers reported to associated press that there were about forty passengers on the tour bus. At least seven people were pronounced dead at the scene while 33 people had sustained various injuries.

Rescue workers used specialized equipment to free trapped passengers from the tour bus. They were taken to a local hospital for medical assistance.

PHOTO: Hook 31 Korat Rescue

They noted that passengers in the tour bus were village health volunteers from Roi-Et. They were heading to Pattaya for a group conference.

Police are continuing their investigation to find the exact cause of the accident. Early reports indicate the bus driver may have fallen asleep but police have not made a final determination at this time.

Story by The Pattaya News

PHOTOS: Hook 31 Korat Rescue


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.