Killer baht bus driver captured at border

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Somporn Thamaen, driver of a Sattahip baht bus who killed five passengers and injured nine others, was captured on the Cambodian border trying to flee the country.
Somporn Thamaen, driver of a Sattahip baht bus who killed five passengers and injured nine others, was captured on the Cambodian border trying to flee the country.

The driver of a Sattahip baht bus who killed five passengers and injured nine others was captured on the Cambodian border trying to flee the country.

Somporn Thamaen, 35, was caught at a border crossing in Sa Kaeo Province and returned to Sattahip Nov. 28.

Fifteen people were packed into the back of the Naklua-Sattahip pickup truck when it barreled into a large Pradhu tree Nov. 18. The roof of the cab was torn off and the passenger bay destroyed, with bodies scattered all around the wrecked baht bus.

Police called the crash a result of careless driving. Before the wreck, Somporn was arguing with his wife in the cab of the pickup. Passengers said the fight turned violent and, as the two were exchanging blows, Somporn drove the baht bus into the tree.