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French tourists injured in bus accident in Chiang Rai

Twenty-five French tourists and one Thai guide were injured with 4-5 of them in serious condition after a tour bus in which they were travelling overturned on a secondary road in Mae Lao district of Chiang Rai province on Tuesday.

Rescue workers said that most of the tourists sustained bruises and were discharged after given first-aid treatment at Mae Lao district hospital.

The accident took place in Ban Huey Sarn Yao in Tambon Dong Mada, Mae Lao district as the tour bus was travelling from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai.

The bus driver, Mr Natthapol Klinchuen, who escaped unhurt waited for the police at the scene of the accident.  He reportedly told the police that he lost control of the bus when it arrived at a curve which was slippery due to rainfall.
The bus then smashed into a kilometer marker and then into roadside bushes before it overturned, said the driver, adding that he did not accelerate the speed nor was there any car trying to overtake his bus which might cause the accident.
Thai PBS

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