Five people, three adults and two children, died in the early hours of Tuesday morning when the Bangkok bound bus they were travelling on caught fire in Khon Kaen Province.
12 passengers who suffered serious injuries are being treated at Sirindhorn Hospital while 16 others managed to flee the inferno unscathed.
The bus driver, 48-year-old Phsamdee Khamkhon, told police the bus had left Udon Thani heading for Mo Chit in Bangkok on Monday night as scheduled.
He said as he was passing through Ban Haet district he had a tyre blow out which suddenly set the back of the bus ablaze. The fire spread rapidly and by the time he stopped the vehicle, it was engulfed in flames.
It took firefighters 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control.
Maj. Gen. Putthipong Musikul, Deputy Chief of Khon Kaen Provincial Police, led a team of investigators to examine the wreckage this morning and question all who managed to escape.
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Honda LPGA Thailand 2021 Tees Off Behind Closed Doors
The Honda LPGA Thailand 2021 got underway this week with over 70 top female golf pros from around the world, competing in a closed tournament at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course from 6 – 9 May with no spectators in line with Thailand’s COVID-19 control measures.
The tournament will be broadcast live to more than 100 countries worldwide and via PPTV HD 36 Channel here in Thailand.
Honda has prepared a prize purse worth 50 million Baht and a Honda Accord Hybrid, HYBRID TECH variant, worth 1.799 million Baht. The car will be presented to the first player to make a hole-in-one on the 16th hole.
Players hitting the course include Amy Yang, the champion of the Honda LPGA Thailand 2019; Danielle Kang, from America, the 5th ranked pro in the world; Minjee Lee, from Australia, ranked number 10 in the world; and Gaby Lopez from Mexico, the winner of the Champion of 2020 Diamond Resort Tournament.
Also competing will be Thai pro golfers: “Pro May” Ariya Jutanugarn; “Pro Mo” Moriya Jutanugarn; “Pro Junior” Jasmine Suwannapura; “Pro Wan” Pornanong Phatlum; and “Pro Meaw” Pajaree Anannarukarn.
Bangkok Extends Shutdown Until May 17
Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang announced on Friday that the shutdown order in the capital has been extended to May 17.
The extension was rubberstamped by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Communicable Disease Committee, which deemed it appropriate to continue the temporary closure of certain businesses and activities to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Bangkok is categorized as an area in the “maximum and strict COVID-19 control zone,” where stringent measures need to be enforced in order to promptly suppress the spread of the virus.
Any persons who violate or fail to comply with this announcement may be guilty of an offence under Section 52 of the Communicable Disease Act B.E. 2558 (2015) and shall be liable to imprisonment for up to one year or a fine of up to 100,000 baht, or both. Moreover, they may be guilty of an offence under Section 18 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005) and shall be liable to imprisonment for up to two years or a fine of up to 40,000 baht, or both.
The venues that have been ordered to close temporarily were specified in BMA Announcement No. 25 dated 25 April 2021 and BMA Announcement No. 26 dated 30 April 2021.
The following businesses, venues and activities must remain closed during this time:
– All education establishments
– Entertainment venues
– Massage parlours
– Bull-fighting and cock fighting
– Water parks and amusement parks
– Skating or rollerblading rinks or other similar
– Snooker halls
– Bowling alleys and arcades
– Gaming and Internet shops
– Public swimming pools
– Fitness centres
– Elderly care centres
– Boxing stadiums and boxing schools
– Martial arts schools (gyms)
– Tattoo and piercing parlours
– Ballroom dance halls or academies
– Horse racing tracks
– Amulet trading markets and centres
– Weight-control services, cosmetics clinics, and medical clinics that offer aesthetic treatments
– Health and wellness establishments (health spas, massage shops, and beauty treatment shops)
– Traditional Thai massage and foot massage fie parlours
– Public event grounds
– Meeting and event venues
– Sporting activities and competitions at all sports venues
– Public parks and sports grounds
– Customers at hair salons and barbershops must wait outside
– Department stores, shopping centres, and community malls may open between 11.00 and 20.00 hr; promotional events are prohibited
– Eateries can stay open until 9pm but no dine-in services. Take-away or delivery only.
– Convenience stores and supermarkets can stay open from 4am until 11pm.
– No gatherings with more than 20 persons is permitted.
Note, mask masks are still mandatory while in public with fines of up to 20,000 baht for violators.
American Arrested For Murdering His Pregnant Wife
Police said on Friday they had arrested an American man on murder charges after the discovery of his wife’s body in a forest close to their house in Nan Province earlier this week.
32-year-old Jason Matthew Balzer confessed to killing Pitchaporn Kidchob who was 3-months pregnant with his child following his arrest in Chiang Mai’s Hang Dong district on Thursday afternoon.
Police had been alerted to a possible crime when Pitchaporn’s mother, who was unable to reach her daughter by phone, went to the couple’s house and found bloodstains on a mattress.
The body of Ms Pitchaporn was found two days later 15km from the house by police sniffer dogs. She was half-naked and stuffed into a wheelie bin that was then buried.
Balzer fled to Chiang Mai by motorbike in a bid to evade arrest following the fatal stabbing of his wife.
The suspect, who works as a programmer, met Pitchaporn in Phuket in 2017 where she worked as a hotel maid. They later married in the USA, after which Balzer quit his job, sold all his assets and moved to Nan province where he purchased a house and car for his wife.
Balzer told investigators he did not know his wife was three months pregnant when he stabbed her.
According to media reports from Colorado, Balzer has been in previous legal trouble.
The Daily Camera reported that Balzer in December 2019 pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault in Boulder District Court and was sentenced to two years of probation. It said he had originally been charged with attempted murder and six related charges, but his victim would not testify in court.
The Greeley Tribune reported that Balzer and a second man were stopped by police on Dec. 30 last year in the town of Mead for a possible traffic violation, and were found to be transporting 72 guns.
Balzer was arrested for 74 violations of a protection order, two felony counts of possession of an illegal weapon and two counts of possession of a dangerous weapon, the report said. He was released from custody after posting bail, it said.