A VAN crashed off the road on a curve in Tha Mai district of Chathaburi province, killing nine Cambodian passengers and injuring the driver and 11 others. Police suspect the man fell asleep at the wheel.
A SECOND person has died from the Bangkok-Phuket bus crash. It has been revealed 47 people were on board.
PHUKET: One woman is dead and many passengers injured after a Bangkok-Phuket bus flipped and crashed north of the holiday island today, rescue services said.
According to early reports, the bus struck a sam laew motorcycle with sidecar near Kra Buri, in Ranong province in foggy conditions.
The woman was killed instantly and badly dismembered.
Today marks the first day of Thailand's 'Seven Days of Danger' Songkran New Year holiday road safety campaign.
A Toyota Vigo was also struck by the bus as it crashed off the road and flipped onto its side about 6am. Several children were believed to be on board.
Rescuers were still cutting passengers free from the bus one hour later, with one woman dead and 20 others admitted to Kra Buri Hospital.
At least one foreigner is listed among the passengers. It's likely that others were returning to Phuket to celebrate the Songkran New Year holiday with their families.
The crash comes with concern mounting in Thailand about the safety of buses following a string of crashes. Trucks and pickups carrying large numbers of immigrant workers are also a safety concern.
The regular bus left Bangkok about 9.30pm last night for Phuket. Kra Buri, close to the narrowest point on Thailand's Isthmus of Kra, is the northernmost district of Ranong province.
General conditions on Thailand's roads are so unsafe that the country ranks either second or third-worst in the world for crashes, depending on the survey.