A tour bus carrying 25 people crashed in northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai province today, killing 14 people, including 13 Malaysian tourists and a Thai tour guide. Nine people were also injured.
The bus hit a pick-up truck and ran off a curve in the road in the Doi Saket district, near the northern city of Chiang Mai, provincial police chief Maj-Gen Montri Sambunyanon said.
The accident occurred about 11.30am.
Malaysian ambassador to Thailand, Datuk Nazirah Hussin, confirmed that there were a total of 22 Malaysians on the bus, Bernama reported.
Chiu Travel Sdn Bhd confirmed that the 22 Malaysians involved in the accident in Thailand were from Batu Pahat, Johor.
Thailand has one of the highest road accident death rates in the world, according to its Public Health Ministry, with reckless and drink driving among the top reasons for road accidents.
Malaysians are the second largest group of visitors to Thailand. More than 293,000 arrived in November, accounting for 11.5% of tourist arrivals.
In Kuala Lumpur, the government says it will ensure that all efforts are taken to bring back the remains of victims and assistance provided to family members.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he was saddened over the news of the accident which killed 13 Malaysians.
“I am sad to hear of the accident in Chiang Mai where 13 of our nationals were killed. I express my condolences to the families of the victims.
“The government will ensure that all efforts are taken to bring back the remains of the victims and that assistance are provided to the families of the victims,” he said in his Facebook and Twitter accounts tonight. – Agencies, December 20, 2015.