Their vehicle fell off the road into the ravine at a mountainous section of Highway 1095, well-known for its numerous curves.
In a tragic incident in Thailand‘s Mae Hong Son province, a van accident resulted in the death of a Thai driver and injuries to all 13 Danish passengers, with three sustaining serious injuries. The accident occurred in the Pai district, a renowned destination for its vibrant nightlife and tourist attractions.
Rescue workers rushed the injured to nearby hospitals. Four of the injured were treated and discharged, while nine others were still hospitalised on Friday – five of them at Pai Hospital and four others at Chiang Mai-Ram Hospital.
The van, transporting a group of young Danish tourists aged between 19 and 25, was en route from Chiang Mai to Pai district. The group was reportedly heading to a Full Moon Party at a local restaurant, an event that draws international visitors with its festive atmosphere.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the accident happened when the driver, who was possibly not well-acquainted with the challenging terrain, lost control of the vehicle on a hillside road. The van then veered off and plunged into a ravine, leading to catastrophic consequences.
The accident underscores the potential hazards of road travel in areas with difficult terrain, especially for drivers unfamiliar with local road conditions. It also highlights the importance of stringent safety measures and thorough preparation for transport providers catering to the influx of tourists attending popular events in regions like Pai.
This incident serves as a somber reminder to travel and hospitality professionals about the critical need for ensuring the safety of tourists through reliable transportation services. As the sector continues to welcome a growing number of international visitors for its diverse cultural offerings, the emphasis on safety and preparedness cannot be overstated.
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