Thailand crash kills 2, injures 9 tourists
02 September 2013, 16:25
Bangkok - Two people were killed and nine tourists injured in Thailand when their minivan crashed into a truck, police said on Monday.
Two Germans among the injured "are in critical condition, suffering from internal injuries and broken bones," said Siriporn Haemah, an intensive care worker at Samdej Phrayuphraraj Hospital in Sa Keow province, 150km east of Bangkok.
The tourists hired the van in Aranyaprathet on the Cambodian border to take them to Bangkok late on Sunday, after they visited the Cambodian temple complex of Angkor Wat, said Major Boonnak Trachoo of the Sa Keow police.
"The bus smashed head-on into an 18-wheel truck that had swerved into the opposite lane to avoid hitting a car that had slowed down to pull into a petrol station," Boonnak said by telephone.
The crash killed the driver and a 54-year-old Taiwanese tourist.
The remaining nine passengers, all tourists, were injured, although some were released from hospital on Monday.
They consisted of four US nationals, two Germans, one French, one Hong Kong and another Taiwanese, police said.
The two Germans, both aged 19, came from Germersheim and Bad-Bergzabern, respectively, hospital sources said.