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About 20 Chinese tourists were injured when the tour coach they were travelling in a developed brake failure and rammed at the rear of a van before crashing into a temple wall as it was descending down a hilly road to Patong beach in Phuket last night.
Patong police station’s police investigator Pol Maj Patapee Srichai said the police were alerted of the bus crash and traffic jam by witnesses last night on the road down the hill to Patong beach.
Nobody was killed but a large numbers of Chinese tourists were injured.
Kusoltham charity foundation rescue workers and Patong hospital staff were later rushed to the scene and helped to transport all injured tourists to hospital.
Nobody was in serious condition but slightly hurt.
Interrogation of the bus driver revealed that he was driving the tourists back to their hotel on Patong beach after visiting the town.
As he was driving down the Patong hill to the beach, the braking system failed after turning a sharp curve.
The bus rammed at the rear of a van and a Jazz car before crashing into the fence wall of the Suwankiriwong temple.
The incident caused heavy traffic jam on the Patong beach road as the bus blocked the road where many vehicles used for travel to Patong and other beaches in Phuket.