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At least 14 Malaysian tourists have been killed and many more have been injured in a horrific bus crash in Chiang Mai. The incident occurred at 11.30 am yesterday when a bus hit a power pole and ran off a mountain road in the Doi Saket district. The police said that the bus was driving along the 118 highway between the Chiang Mai and Chaing Rai provinces when the driver lost control.
Of the 21 Malaysians who were on the coach 11 died at the scene, 3 were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital and two were left in a serious condition. The bus, operated by Weerapan Tour, was carrying three other passengers, a tour guide, a bus conductor and the driver, Somporn Bualuang, 58. A rescue worker told the press that the bus had collided with a car, the driver of the car was unhurt in the accident. The bus was so severely damaged rescue workers had to use equipment to cut the dead and injured out of the wreckage.
The relatives of the victims left Batu Pahat at around 5am this morning in a van headed for Kuala Lumpur International Airport where they are expected to board a Thai Airways flight at around 1pm due to arrive at Suvarnabumi International Airport at 5pm. They are expected to aid Thai authorities in identifying the victims.