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13 students, 2 teachers killed in Thai bus crash

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:33 p.m. HST, Feb 27, 2014

BANGKOK » Police say a tour bus carrying students on a field trip in eastern Thailand has crashed into a truck, killing 15 and injuring more than 30 others.

Police Lt. Col. Anukarn Thammavijarn says the bus lost control Friday morning on a downhill road and slammed into the truck, which was in front of it.

The bus was carrying students, aged 10 to 15, from their school in northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima city to the beachside town of Pattaya.

Anukarn says the fatalities include 13 students and two teachers.

Police are searching for the bus driver who fled and are investigating if the crash was caused by a problem with the brakes.

Last year, road accidents left 8,600 people dead in Thailand.

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sailfish1 wrote:
Whenever there's a big accident in Thailand, the drivers always run away. Do they really think they can escape the law? - someone always knows who a bus driver is or a truck driver is. Then again, maybe the bus companies and truck companies hire people who cannot be found (i.e. no address, phone no., references). They probably need better control in their hiring process.
on February 27,2014 | 07:24PM
Steve96785 wrote:
Statute of limitations on vehicular homicide was reportedly only about 30 days when I was stationed there in the '70s. Drivers did routinely run off and hide in the jungle for a while. Burned out bus shells littered some stretches of highway, but the drivers always returned to work.
on February 27,2014 | 08:46PM
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