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MOSCOW, November 15, /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Embassy in Thailand is doing everything to find out more information about the accident circumstances and provide assistance to the injured people, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
The embassy stays in contact to identify all the people injured in the bus accident. All were immediately taken to nearby hospitals. According to Thai medics, there is no threat to the lives of the patients, an embassy source said.
"The Russian Embassy in Thailand stays in contact with local authorities and hospitals and take steps to establish the circumstances of the accident and provide assistance to the injured people," a ministry official noted.
The excursion bus carrying about 50 tourists, mostly Russians, got into a traffic accident in Thailand on Friday. According to local police, 27 passengers were injured.
A Rostourism official told Itar-Tass earlier that the Russian tourists taken to hospitals after the bus accident were expected to be discharged later in the day.
The head of the Rostourism federal agency's press service, Irina Shchegolkova, said that 23 Russians were injured in the accident. Some of them did not need hospitalization and after medical examination returned to the hotels. The rest were expected to be discharged from the hospitals already on Friday, she said.
The tourists bought the excursion from a "street agency", the official said. "We ask Russian tourists to buy excursions from our tour operators," she stressed.
Russian tourism association press secretary Irina Tyurina confirmed the information that the Russians had bought the excursion tour from a local agency in northern Pattaya.
The bus carrying tourists from Pattaya to the province of Kanchanaburi got into a traffic accident on Friday at about 06:00 local time.
According to the online newspaper Pkuket Wan, the bus driver attempted to avoid a collision. In his words, he was driving the bus at a low speed and had to drive off the road to avoid a collision with an oncoming vehicle. Most of the passengers were sleeping at the moment.