Monk Dies, 37 People Injured after Bus Crash in Northeastern Thailand

PHOTO: Kamhom Rescue Team

Sakon Nakhon –

A monk has been pronounced dead at the scene while 37 other people have sustained injuries after a truck with a driver traveling the wrong direction collided with a bus in Sakon Nakhon.

Emergency responders were notified of the accident on Monday (January 8th) on the Nittayo Sakhon Nakhon – Nakhon Phanom Road in Baan Noramai, Kusuman district.

They arrived at the scene to find the damaged truck on the road. The truck driver, Mr. Seksan Lansaesatha, 47, was not injured. He admitted to law enforcement that he was driving the opposite way in the wrong lane before colliding with the bus which had the right of way and was traveling in the proper lane.

PHOTO: Kamhom Rescue Team

Four hundred meters from the scene law enforcement found the damaged passenger bus traveling from Udon Thani – Nakhon Phanom. The bus driver, Mr. Supphachai Wongsateam, 44, had sustained only minor injuries.

One passenger was found dead outside the bus who was an unidentified 58-year-old monk. Five other passengers had sustained severe injuries, 17 suffered from medium injuries, and 15 people had minor injuries.

The Kusuman Police are continuing their investigation for further legal action.

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for five years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.