Three Chinese holidaymakers died and 17 were injured Wednesday in a bus crash on Thailand`s southern tourist island of Phuket, a senior official said.
The accident happened shortly before midday when a bus smashed through a crash barrier and plunged into a ravine near Karon beach, on the island`s southwest coast.
"Two women and one man were killed. Of the 17 injured, one is in a serious condition," Nisit Jansomwong, Phuket governor, told AFP by telephone.
"The bus was travelling uphill. We don`t know the cause of the accident but police will have to question the Thai bus driver."
Photos on local media outlets showed a white bus resting midway down a steep incline. The roof at the back had been caved in.
Thailand`s roads are among the world`s deadliest and accidents are common.
A recent report by the World Health Organization said Thailand saw 38.1 road deaths per 100,000 people in 2010 -- behind only the Dominican Republic and the South Pacific island of Niue.