Grieving Parents Of Gap Year Students Killed In Coach Smash Call On Law Firm For Help

Lawyer Says Thorough Investigation Carried Out Authorities Quickly Is Imperative 


The devastated parents of three young men killed in a coach smash as they travelled around Thailand on what should have been the trip of a lifetime have called on lawyers to help investigate the circumstance that led to the deaths of their ‘treasured sons’.

Bruno Melling Firth, Conrard Quashie and Max Boomgaarden-Cook, all 19 and from London, were killed in June as they travelled on a coach from Bangkok  to Chiang Mai when it collided with a bus in the town of Khlong Khlung. The friends had flown to Thailand for a nine week trip before starting university this month. (September).

Now, the parents of the boys have contacted Irwin Mitchell’s Travel Law team for help as they battle for answers about the circumstances surrounding their sons’ deaths.

Partners and head of the team, Clive Garner, said: “This has been an incredibly difficult time for the families who, at present, know very few details about the circumstances surrounding the crash and the death of their much loved sons. 

“It is imperative that a thorough investigation is carried out by the authorities as quickly as possible so that the families and loved ones of those who died can better understand what happened, and to ensure that lessons are learnt and, if appropriate, the necessary safeguards put in place as soon as possible to prevent other tragedies.

“Key issues for consideration are likely to include whether conditions of the road where the accident occurred contributed to the crash in some way and the adequacy of the steps taken by the driver of the coach and his employers.

"The parents of the boys understandably want reassurances that steps will be taken to stop a similar tragedy from happening ever again to prevent any other families from suffering.

“I hope that the investigations proceed quickly so they get the answers and the justice they deserve.”

Irwin Mitchell has successfully acted for the victims and families of those killed or seriously injured in coach crashes in countries including Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, South Africa and Morocco.

If you or a loved one has suffered an accident or illness abroad as the result of a road traffic accident while on holiday, we could help you to claim the compensation you deserve. See our Road Traffic Accident Abroad Claims page for more information.