29 killed as bus plunges into ravine in Thailand’s Phetchabun province

Eurasia News

BANGKOK: A bus carrying New Year travelers plunged into a deep ravine in in Lom Sak district of Thailand’s Phetchabun province last night, killing at least 29 persons and badly injuring four others, Dispatch News Desk reported on Friday.

In a statement, the country’s transport minister Chadchart Sitthipunt said that the bus was en route to the northern province of Chiang Rai.

The minister said that the accident may have been caused by a reckless driver as the bus was travelling at high speed going downhill and it crashed through the bridge railing before plunging into the 50- to 70-metre deep ravine.

Meanwhile, police commander of Phetchabun province Major General Sukit Samana said that over 100 police, soldiers, civilians and rescue workers participated in the rescue operation launched after the accident in which the bus was completely destroyed.