2 Killed After Car Plunges off Loei Mountain

    A file photo of Phu Tok in Loei’s Chiang Khan province.

    LOEI — Two passengers were killed after a truck plummeted from a cliff on the Phu Tok mountain in Loei’s Chiang Khan district.

    Nitat Raweewonganotai, 39, and Sasiwimol Prom-ngam, 26, died after a pickup shuttling people up the mountain slid off a cliff while they were on the way down Tuesday afternoon. The vehicle fell 50 meters.

    The driver, 45-year-old Suriya Boopa, was still being treated at a hospital as of Wednesday morning.

    Police are investigating the cause of the accident. Chaiwat Chuenkosum, the provincial governor, ordered additional, unspecified safety measures at all tourist attractions.

    Phu Tok is a small mountain popular with tourists for offering views of a “sea of fog” and the Mekong River. No personal vehicles are allowed up to the mountain’s peak, only vehicles regulated by officials.