5 hospitalized when 6 tour buses collide on Highway 7

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Five people were hospitalized and about 300 other Chinese tourists received bumps and bruises when six tour buses collided on Highway 7 in Takientia.

The buses, apparently trailing each other two closely, smashed up accordion-style when the lead coach, driven by Pan Sriha, 28, slammed on the brakes near the 108-109 kilometer marker.

Pan said a pickup truck in front of him braked unexpectedly and he had no time to stop before hitting it.

The truck, carrying driver Somchai Karnsap, 62, and his wife, Areewan Amsuwan, 54, was crumpled and pushed into a ditch. The driver of the second bus, Somnuek Inban, 36, was trapped behind the wheel temporarily.

Five people were hospitalized and about 300 Chinese tourists received minor injuries when six tour buses collided on Highway 7 in Takientia.Five people were hospitalized and about 300 Chinese tourists received minor injuries when six tour buses collided on Highway 7 in Takientia.

All three were injured. They were transported to Banglamung Hospital for treatment.

By the time Khao Kheow Highway Police arrived, most of the 300 tourists were standing on the roadside. Two tourists were seriously injured and transported to Banglamung Hospital.