Minibus drivers are working long hours with little sleep to cash in on ferrying stranded passengers from Bangkok to Phuket airport, according to a news website on the resort island. The report on the English-language Phuketwan.com followed the death of Hongkonger David Yick Hok-wing in a crash that also killed a European man and injured Mr Yick's wife. The minibus carrying the victims and other passengers stranded by the blockade of Bangkok's airports veered off the road and hit a tree at about 2am yesterday in Surat Thani province, on the Gulf of Thailand, north of Phuket. It was unknown how long the driver had been working without rest, but the website said its reporters had found drivers on trips from Bangkok to Phuket on Sunday had been working extraordinarily long hours since the crisis began. It said the driver of a minibus that carried the reporters on the 12-hour journey had been planning to drive back to Bangkok without sleep so he could work again yesterday. Five other people were injured in the crash: the male Thai driver, a Canadian man, a British woman, a Ukrainian woman - who suffered a fractured hip - and another traveller. They were taken to Tachana Hospital, in Surat Thani province, and were later transferred to the larger Surat Thani city hospital. Tachana Hospital director Jumpon Yokchoo said the driver had told him his bus crashed when he swerved to avoid a truck that had pulled out in front of him.