Bangkok-bound tour bus plunges into gorge killing 18 people

Published on : Wednesday, November 23, 2016

bangkok-bound-tour-bus-plungesA bus fell into a 70-metre deep gorge in northern Thailand killing at least 18 people, all retired employees, and injuring 20 others, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reports.


The Bangkok-bound tour bus, carrying 36 retirees of a telecom company returning from holiday along with the bus driver and a bus assistant, was travelling from Phrae when it ran off the winding downhill road and fell into the deep ravine at tambon Ban.


The bus, operated by state-run Transport Company, was hired to take the 36 retirees on a holiday in the northern province of Uttradit.


The driver, who was apparently not familiar with the road, is believed to have jumped from the bus before it plunged off the road into the ravine, police said.


Rescuers used ropes to lift the injured and dead from the wreckage.


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