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Tourists injured as BAHT BUS plunges down Phuket ravine

A British couple are believed to be among the injured after a BAHT BUS  plunged down an embankment near a famous beach in Phuket, Thailand.

Holidaymakers were catapulted from the open-sided vehicle and “strewn in the middle of the road” on their way to Paradise Beach on the island of Phuket.

The roof was torn off and the driver was “barely conscious” after the bus left the road on a steep hill just after 1 pm local time on Saturday.

An eyewitness 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.

Tourists injured as BAHT BUS plunges down Phuket ravine
Paradise Beach on the island of Phuket, Thailand (Image: Google Maps)

A witness 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.

“It 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.

Tourists injured as BAHT BUS plunges down Phuket ravine
The only way to reach the beach is via the hills, a witness says (Image: Google Earth)

“There were about eight 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.”

The witness added: “Everyone was very shaken up and most of the tourists got taken to the hospital with injuries with two ambulances arriving not long after the crash.

“The driver had to be carried out of the bus by a group of people, he was barely conscious.”

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

Part of the new Netflix movie Paradise Beach was filmed at the resort.