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Brake Failure on a field trip: Dozens of young students end up in ravine in Kanchanaburi

Dozens of students, parents and teachers on a field trip to the Sai Yok area of Kanchanaburi in Thailand’s west hurtled down a ravine after their bus experience a braking problem.

Police at the scene found a crushed motorcycle in the road, four poles snapped and the bus in the ravine.

The vehicle was part of a convoy of six vehicles taking primary students from the Wat Phokharam school in U-Thong district of Suphanburi to the scenic Sai Yok area. 

Driver of the third vehicle in the convoy, 67 year old Withoon Padungrotwit said he was slowly going down the hill when there was a toppled motorcycle in his way. 

He said he slowed further but there was a problem with his brakes. He ordered his helper to put chocks made from logs under the wheels but this did no good. 

The bus went over the chocks, flattened the motorcycle then plunged through the poles and down into the ravine ending up next to a drainage ditch. 

Thirty two students, parent and teachers were injured but only one, a female teacher who was sitting at the front was kept in hospital after being transferred from Sai Yoke hospital that is just 500 meters from the crash site.

Thai Visa /  TNews

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