Singaporean driver killed, seven others hurt in Phuket traffic accident

PHUKET: A 21-year-old Singaporean woman was killed when the car she was driving hit a tour bus on a hilly road in Muang district in Phuket, Thailand on Friday (Aug 12) night.

Another seven others – including her four Singaporean passengers – were injured when she lost control of the car while going downhill, causing it to hit the tour bus, The Bangkok Post reported on Saturday. 

The bus driver and two guides on board the bus also sustained injuries. 

The accident was reported at around 10.50pm, said an investigation officer at Karon police station.

According to The Bangkok Post, police, disaster prevention and mitigation officials and rescue workers found a badly damaged Toyota Yaris and a small white bus with a broken windscreen when they arrived at the scene.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the car was travelling from Tambon Chalong to Tambon Karon. 

“While the car was coming downhill, the driver lost control of her vehicle, causing it to hit the bus,” reported The Bangkok Post.

The Singaporean woman driver was unconscious at the scene and succumbed to her injuries on the way to the hospital,  added the newspaper.

The Bangkok Post also reported that Pol Lt Ekkachai Siri, an inspector of Phuket Tourist Police had disclosed the names of the dead and injured victims.

“The driver who was killed was identified as Ho Jia Hui Renee, 21. The four other injured Singaporeans – two men and two women – were Byran Teo Li Yan, 30, Poh Mao Xin, 30, Pang Jiang Ning Eliana, 21, and and Ng Ja Xin, 66.”

Police investigations are ongoing.

CNA has reached out to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more information.

Source: CNA

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