Two students and four teachers were killed after their bus plunged into a roadside ravine in Prachinburi early Thursday, police said. Police said five victims died at the scene and the other at a hospital.
The accident happened at 4:30 am on the road running through Khao Yai National Park and Tablan National Park in Moo 4 village in Tambon Buppram in Nadee district.
The bus, which was transporting 11th and 12th graders and teachers of Phangthui Pattana School from Khon Kaen, plunged into the ravine on the downhill sharp curve to the 20-metre-deep bottom. The rest of the teachers and students were injured and rushed to the Nadee district hospital.
Pol Lt Col Mongkol Chanploy , deputy inspector of Wang Khon Daeng police station, said 44 students and teachers of the school were heading for an education trip in Chanthaburi’s Khung Kraben district.
Mongkol said the accident happened apparently because the bus was running too fast on the downhill road toward the curve and the driver was not familiar with the road.
The bus driver fled the scene, Mongkol added.