An Indian tourist was among 10 passengers who died while several other foreigners were seriously injured after a bus plowed into an electricity pole in southern Thailand.
The tourist bus, traveling from Bangkok to a terminal for
ferries heading to the island of Koh Pha Ngan, hit a traffic island in the
early hours of yesterday, rammed the concrete pole and flipped over, police
Television footage showed locals carrying the injured and
dead from the mangled wreck in the Kanchanadit district of Surat Thani
kilometers south of the capital.
"Ten people died at the scene, five men and five
women, and 17 people were wounded," Colonel Suriya Nakkeao, police
superintendent of Kanchanadit district, said.
"I can confirm that one Indian tourist has been
killed," he said.
A Surat Thani tourist police officer confirmed the death
He added that "two British, two Indians and two
Luxembourg nationals" were among the 17 people injured, all of whom were
in a "serious condition."
Koh Pha Ngan is a resort island neighboring Koh Samui and
draws thousands of backpackers to its famous full-moon parties.
Thailand's image as a tourism paradise has recently been
tarnished by a series of deaths, including the murder of an Australian tour
operator in Phuket on June 20
in an attempted robbery.
Her death came less than a week after two Canadian sisters
were found dead in their hotel room on nearby Phi Phi island, showing signs of
an extreme toxic reaction.
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