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A bus driver victim of a fatal accident sees his license withdrawn, the transport company risks being punished

ByLinda W. Smith

Mar 15, 2022

The bus driver in the fatal Saraburi crash, which killed eight passengers after hitting a bridge pillar, has had his license withdrawn by the Department of Land Transport. The department is also considering sanctions for the public transport company, which operated the Bangkok – Suwannaphum bus carrying more than 30 passengers.

The driver, who was later found to have methamphetamine in his system, says he fell asleep when the double-decker bus hit a support pillar for an airlift, ripping through the right side of the bus . Eight passengers died and more than 20 were injured. The 30-year-old driver, Narinsart Hongsa, reportedly confessed to police and the Saraburi Land Transport Department that he had taken drugs while driving.

The driver was charged with reckless driving causing death and injury and with using a class 1 narcotic during the interview. The public bus license of the double-decker bus has also been revoked. The transport company will also be punished for recklessness. Penalties will be in accordance with transport safety under the Highway Code.

The Ministry of Lands and Transport has also sent security specialists to investigate the other eight buses that serve the same route. Buses, drivers and relevant staff have been surveyed and checked to ensure passenger safety.

SOURCE: Khaosod | PR Land Transport Department

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