Brit couple among ’10 injured’ as tourist bus plunges down embankment near Paradise Beach in Thailand

A BRITISH couple are believed to be among several people injured after a bus plunged down an embankment in Thailand.

The open-sided vehicle was taking tourists to the infamous Paradise Beach in Phuket when it left the road at 1.15pm local time today.

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A bus in Phuket, Thailand crashed injuring up to 10 people including two Brits[/caption]

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Emergency workers help one of the victims at the side of the road[/caption]

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The bus ran off an embankment near Paradise Island, Phuket[/caption]

The roof was torn off – catapulting passengers out of the bus – and the driver was knocked unconscious.

An eye-witness said that between eight and 10 passengers, mainly British and French, were injured including a couple from the UK.

Two ambulances were called to help the injured group and the bus driver who had to be carried from the wreckage.

A guest at the popular private island resort said: “I was just heading for lunch when I heard a massive crash and lots of screaming.

“Everyone rushed from the beach to find that a bus carrying tourists had lost control on a steep hill and crashed into the embankment.

“The island is in the hills which are extremely steep, it’s the only way you can reach the resort and it appears that the driver lost control halfway down the final slope.

“There were about 8 (to) 10 passengers, French and British tourists, and people were thrown from the bus when it crashed.

“The bus was smashed into the side of the hill and the roof was torn completely off and strewn in the middle of the road.”

According to the witness, most of the injured were taken to hospital after two ambulances arrived on scene quickly following the crash.

They said that “everyone was very shaken up” and that the driver had to be carried out of the bus and “was barely conscious.”

Paradise Beach has long been a popular tourist destination for holidaymakers in Thailand with its famed white sand and clear waters.

Netflix film Paradise Beach was released yesterday on the popular streaming website with the majority of filming taking place at the resort.

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The driver had to be pulled from the vehicle, a witness said[/caption]

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The injured were mainly British and French, witnesses said[/caption]


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