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Bangkok-Chiang Mai bus crash leaves one dead, three missing

One passenger died and three were missing after the bus they were travelling in hit a roadside tree and overturned into a ditch on the Asian Highway in Chai Nat province.

Bangkok to Chiangmai bus crashThe interprovincial bus belonged to Pornpiriya Tour Co and was on the way from Bangkok to Chiang Mai last night.

Chai Nat police said the accident occurred near Kilometre marker 132 of the highway at about 11.00pm

It was raining at the time of the accident.

Bus driver Prinya Kampa told police that he was driving the bus to Chiang Mai with 23 passengers.

As the bus arrived near Kilometre 132, there was heavy rain.

He then put the brake to slow down the bus.

But the brake locked up, causing the bus to sway and hit a roadside tree before falling into the ditch, he said.

Passing vehicles alerted highway police who later rushed to the scene with rescue team.

19 passengers were pulled out of the partly submerged bus and sent to hospital.

One woman passenger died at the scene, and three others went missing, believed to be underneath the overturned bus.

Thai PBS

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