Tourists filmed themselves laughing, dancing and singing on board their coach moments before 18 people were killed in a horror crash.
Video taken on the moving bus shows some of the passengers dancing to Thai music at about 6pm yesterday afternoon.
The group had been visiting a beach in Chanthaburi, eastern Thailand, where they posed for smiling holiday snaps just before boarding.
They were driving back to the Kalasin province 350 miles away, but midway through the journey the driver lost control when the brakes allegedly failed.
At around 7.30pm, the bus, which was travelling at about 50mph, veered off a steep bank and into a row of roadside food stalls before ploughing into a tree – splitting the vehicle in half in the Nakhon Ratchasima region.
Eighteen people – 12 women and six men – were pronounced dead after being pulled from the wreckage.
Another 32 tourists, all Thai nationals, suffered serious injuries.
There were 50 passengers on board. The driver allegedly fled the scene of the crash and has still not been found.
One of the survivors, Somjit Champasri, said the bus was filled with horrifying screams as it hurtled around a dark bend.
She said: “Before the accident, the bus lost control and swerved back and fourth for a long distance. People were bent down in their seats, shouting for the bus to brake and stop.
“The bus swung onto the side of the road and collided with trees. After the accident I saw a lot of people all dead, piled up with blood.”
Lt. Col. Pornpattana Pisitkarn from the nearby Udomsap police station said the bus breaks appeared to have failed.
He said: “The bus’ GPS tracking system showed that it was travelling at 80kmp and the cause of the accident is likely due to the failure of the breaking system. However at this time we still cannot find the driver of the bus.”
Kraisorn Kongchalat, governoner of the Kalasin province where the tourists were from, said: “This was a major accident and all departments are working to bring back the bodies of the dead to the families. I have spoken to relatives and told them of our deepest sympathies.” – MirrorOnline
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