Several farang tourists injured in van crash
A passenger van from Chiang Mai heading to Pai district in Mae Hong Son overturned on a mountainous road Thursday after noon, killing one and injuring 14 others. Several western tourists were among the injured, police said.
Pol Capt Pichit Sekha, the interrogator on duty of Pai police station, was alerted of the accident at 2:35 pm. He was told that the accident happened at the kilometer marker No 81 on the Chiang Mai-Pai Road. He rushed to the scene with rescue officials.
Pichit and the rescue officials found 14 Thai and foreign tourists crying for help at the scene. They came out of the van to wait for help on the road. Many had bleeding wounds. Two passengers were badly injured while a person was killed. The van, which is a shuttle passenger vehicle between Chiang Mai and Pai, was lying on one side in the bush off the road.
Officials rushed the injured passengers to the Pai district hospital.
The passengers told police that when the van was approaching the sharp curve, the van lost control and overturned. Police suspected that van driver might doze off, leading to the accident.
The van No 19 operates under the concession from Prem Pracha Transport Co Ltd. It left Chiang Mai at noon. The accident happened just three kilometers before the Mae Ping forestry checkpoint.
Several road accidents happened on the roads between Chiang Mai and Pai because the roads were built on steep mountains.
Police said accidents happened on the Pai-Chiang Mai Road the rate of two accidents each day. The rate was higher during the rainy season.