PHUKET: A tour bus carrying 17 Chinese tourists overturned last night after the driver allegedly lost control at the Tesco-Lotus “crossroads”, colliding with two other vehicles, and injuring seven people.
Phuket City Police Duty Officer Teerawat Amnartcharoenying said the accident occurred around 8:30pm.
At the scene, police found the overturned bus. Nearby was a sedan with a smashed front end and a banged-up pickup truck crashed into a concrete power pole.
Lt Teerawat told the Phuket Gazette that the driver of the bus was approaching the crossroads from the north and was unable to stop the vehicle in time to avoid hitting vehicles waiting at the intersection.
To avoid a collision, the driver attempted a split-second left turn onto Yaowarat Road. The bus’ speed, however, was too great as the bus went over the left-turn traffic island, collided with the pickup and sedan in the oncoming lane and overturned, police said.