12 tourists injured as bus roof ripped off in Bangkok

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12 tourists injured as bus roof ripped off in Bangkok

At least 12 people have been injured after the roof of a double-decker bus packed full of foreign tourists was torn off in Bangkok.

The bus hit a height restriction barrier designed to stop tall vehicles using the flyover bridge on Phetchaburi Road in Bangkok's Makkasan district, reports the Bangkok Post.

The driver said he did not notice the height restriction barrier.

The accident happened at around 9.30pm on Tuesday, and 10 German tourists, the tour guide, and the driver were all taken to Rama 9 Hospital.

The coach belonged to the Pong Prasert Tour Company, and was taking passengers from Sanam Luang to the Amari Atrium Hotel, which was less than one kilometre from the site of the accident.

Meanwhile, back in January, the roof of a double decker bus was ripped off when it crashed into a railway bridge in Hampshire - the second such incident at the same bridge in five months.

The collision severed the entire top section as the bus tried to travel underneath the tracks near Portchester Railway Station, Hants.

An identical incident happened in September 2012 when another double decker, owned by the same company, crashed into the bridge.

And, in May 2013, a double decker bus had its roof completely ripped off after hitting a railway bridge in Essex.

The Regal Busways bus hit the bridge in Duke Street, Chelmsford.

According to the BBC, three people were taken to Broomfield Hospital with minor injuries.

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