A father and his ten-yea-old son were killed and dozens more injured after a tourist bus crashed yesterday on a road dubbed ‘death hill’.
Lyu Jie Rui and his father Liu Fei, 36, had been on the coach carrying 29 other Chinese tourists back to their hotel after a day out when it lost control on notorious ‘Patong Hill’ in Phuket, Thailand just before 11pm.
The child was killed instantly after being thrown from the vehicle while his father died later in hospital after suffering severe injuries.
Seven others suffered serious injuries while 20 sustained minor injuries and were treated at hospital or at the scene. The driver Krittaporn Nualdua was arrested and was being held in custody today.
Lt Col Pattapee Srichai of Patong Police said the driver ”sustained minor injuries’’ and ”tested negative for alcohol’’.
Officers are now investigating what caused the accident.
CCTV footage shows the moment the bus toppled over after it had drove down the hill and arrived at the tourist town.
The vehicle smashed into a building and moments later it is engulfed a flash of sparks.
Rescue workers arrived and cut a number of passengers from the wreckage. Two tour guides and one person from the tour company were also injured.
Police said the child was killed after being thrown from the window of the bus. His father died later at the Vachira Phuket Hospital.
Six tourists remained in hospital this morning while the others have been discharged.
The steep and winding road which leads from the airport and through mountains into the popular holiday island has been dubbed a ‘’death trap” after a number of crashes – including last month when a coach killed a motorbike rider.
A similar accident in April happened when a bus carrying Chinese tourists crashed.
While in February a bus driver was killed and 17 tourists injured when the bus crashed into an electricity pole while descending Patong Hill .
In December 2015 a British woman was killed and a second was injured when they were involved in a crash between a motorcycle and pickup truck on the same hill.
The road has been dubbed ‘death hill’ by tourists and expats who have noted the dangerous inclines, sharp bends, and high number of accidents.