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.
An armored-car driver was arrested for allegedly stealing 2 million baht from an ATM he was supposed to restock.
Chaiyapruek Hunswad, an employee at Siam Administrative Management Co., was captured Nov. 11 after the robbery the day before at the Siam Commercial Bank ATM in a PTT gas station across from Tesco-Lotus in South Pattaya.
Chonburi Transnational Crime Coordination Center police have arrested four more Nigerians accused of scamming people out of cash in an Internet scam.
Anthony Chibuike Chukwu, 33, Charles Ikenna Nnadi, 29, Henry Onukwube Nwigwe, 27, and Martins Chimezie Nnenna, 30, were apprehended at a Soi Khao Talo residence Nov. 12. Police also seized computers and bank books.
A Bangkok cabbie bailed out a British tourist who had just arrived, and who dropped his wallet in the back seat of a taxi on his way from the airport to Pattaya.
Two Nigerians were arrested for allegedly scamming a Thai woman out of cash through an Internet scam.
Chigozie Nnamdi Nwaogu, 31 and Onyebuchi Uchegbu, 34, were captured at a rented room on Soi Mabyailia 10 Nov. 7 and charged with visa violations as they investigated fraud charges.
A 22-year-old Venezuelan triumphed over 21 other transgender contestants from 18 countries to win the crown at the Miss International Queen pageant in Pattaya.
Two people were seriously injured when a State Railway of Thailand train hit their car in Nong Sadao in Banglamung District.
Yom Thiensri, 50, and her son, Surawut Thiensri, 20, were both in critical condition at Banglamung Hospital following the Oct. 28 accident in Moo 4 village.
Their Toyota Vios was hit as it crossed in front of a Bangkok-Plutaluang train, which suffered minor damage in the collision. Witnesses said the grade crossing had no lights or barriers.
Experts work to extricate the victims after their car was struck by a State Railway of Thailand train at an unmarked crossing in Nong Sadao in Banglamung District.
The truck-train collision was the fourth in Thailand last week. Six people were killed and 21 others seriously injured in collisions in Khon Kaen, Phitsanulok and Petchaburi.
The Transport Ministry estimates there are 584 railway crossings built throughout the kingdom by locals without coordination with the State Railway of Thailand. The SRT said it needs 3 billion baht to improve safety at more than 900 crossings countrywide.
Child-welfare police arrested a woman who allegedly forced her underage daughter and niece to sell sex to foreigners.
Officials from the regional Department of Special Investigations office, Children & Women’s Protection Center, and Srakaew police announced Nov. 1 the arrest of Mali Donrum, 34, of Buriram.
Police said Mali confessed to working as a prostitute in Pattaya and pushed her daughter and niece, both 17, to sell themselves to foreigners five times during the school holidays for 2,000-3,000 baht each.
Police said they learned of her pandering and used an undercover foreign informant to assist them in a sting operation. She was arrested when she brought the girls to the supposed customer.
An honest baht bus driver saved a Russian couple’s holiday when he returned 60,000 baht left in his taxi.
Surachoke Sapchareon, 49, found a bag containing 9,000 baht, $900, 2,000 rubles, identification cards and other documents Oct. 25. He brought it to Pattaya Police Station so it could be returned to owners Daria Labkovskaya and Mikhail Azovskii.
Two men who robbed a Sukhumvit Road 7-Eleven have hit at least one more area convenience store.
A clerk at a 7-Eleven on Jomtien Second Road behind the Villa Navin Hotel called police Oct. 20 after two knife-wielding men robbed the store about 1:30 a.m. of 2,000 baht.
Security cameras at the shop were broken, but clerk Amorath Sangrath was shown CCTV photos of the two suspects in the Oct. 17 robbery and she believes they were the same men.
Both robberies were completed in less than three minutes. Police have been ordered to recheck all CCTV cameras in the area to try and track down the thieves.