Two people were killed and six others were injured when a tour bus crashed into a pickup truck at an intersection in Ao Luek district of Krabi province on Friday night (March 23).
The double-deckor tour bus, belonging to Chanasit Tour Co in Phuket, was on the way to pick up tourists at Krabi international airport.
The driver, Udomsak Thongorapglgasri, 40, drove the bus to the airport from Phuket, taking his family who included his wife, 3-year-old son and 3-month-old daughter, and a busboy.
The pickup truck was driven by Viroj Kijakarn, 48. He was travelling in the truck with two friends.
Witnesses told the police that when the bus arrived at the intersection, the pickup truck emerged from the opposite way and collided with the tour bus.
It was not immediately known if it was the pickup truck or the bus which ran a red light at the intersection.
The impact of the collision sent the two vehicles to veer off the road and hit roadside and power poles shophouses. A brief fire also sparked in the engine room of the badly damaged bus.
Thammanoon Phutthama, the 3-year-old son of the bus driver and Viroj, the pickup truck driver were killed at scene.
All six persons in the bus and truck were also injured. They were pulled out of the wrecks of the vehicles and were rushed to Ao Luek hospital.
Actual cause of the fatal accident was under investigation, police said.