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The bus carrying Phuket protesters to Bangkok lies on its side today

40 Injured as Phuket Bus Heading for Bangkok Protest Flips, Crashes

Saturday, November 23, 2013
PHUKET: About 40 passengers and the driver were injured when a bus from Phuket heading to join a political protest in Bangkok flipped in Surat Thani province this afternoon.

All those on board were believed to be Phuket people. The crash came at 3.10pm in heavy rain when the driver lost control and the bus flipped.

The crash is the latest in a string of bus smashes, some involving large numbers of Russian tourists or international students.

Twenty-five injured were taken to Tharongchang Hospital, 14 were taken to Punpin Hospital and one was taken to Surat Thani Hospital.

The group was bound for Bangkok and Ratchadamnoen Road, site of a protest aimed at toppling what's being called ''the Thaksin regime'' and reducing corruption in Thailand.

Tomorrow is set to be a significant day with protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, a former Democrat Deputy Prime Minister, hoping to call hundreds of thousands of opponents of fugitive PM Thaksin Shinawatra onto the streets of the capital.

Present PM Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin's sister, is coming under increasing pressure to recognise the protesters and perhaps call an election.

Phuket and Thailand's 14 southern provinces, along with Bangkok, have always been opposition strongholds. However, the ruling Pheu Thai party, led by Khun Yingluck, retains shaky control.

The following people were know to be among the injured: Supat Jalemkul, 48, Somjai ---- 45, Plenjid Tanmani, 61, Chatchai Sarikphan, 50, Songsak Rungboontok, 47.


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Egads, are we to expect a bus crash a day from now on? Is there no safe option for mass transit within Thailand at all, ever?

Posted by Christy S on November 23, 2013 18:01


WHEN oh WHEN are we going to see real driving tests & training alongside proper Policing of these morons behind the wheel? Not to mention actual safety certificates for the vehicles......

Posted by paul on November 23, 2013 18:32


No Christy, we are trapped on an island with no way off. The buses are driven by lunatics, the aircraft are piloted by inexperienced fools, the boats are unseaworthy and the roads are patrolled by boys in brown who demand money for bogus traffic offences.

Best stay home.

Posted by Buster on November 23, 2013 18:57

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