Chinese Tourist Detained Over Fatal Accident in Chiang Rai

The site where a Chinese tourist crashed into two motorcycles in Chiang Rai province, 22 March 2015.

CHIANG RAI – Police have detained a Chinese tourist in northern Thailand who allegedly crashed his car into two motorcycles and killed a 41-year-old woman.

The accident took place on Terng – Chiang Rai road in Doi Lan district of Chiang Rai at around 12.30 pm today. Witnesses said they saw a car with Chinese license plate approach at a high speed, hit one motorcycle on the side of the road, and then crash into another motorcycle before halting to a stop. 

Phayuha Ninpho, 30, said he was on his motorcycle when he spotted the car barreling in his direction, and decided to jump off moments before his vehicle was hit. Phayuha said the car then crashed into another motorcycle and killed the woman who was riding it. 

Police identified the driver of the car as a Chinese tourist named Chen. He was detained and escorted to Mueang Chiang Rai Police Station for interrogation. Police officers say an interpreter will be provided. 

The deceased motorist was a 41-year-old woman who worked at a hospital in Chiang Rai, police said. 

Chinese tourists are allowed to drive their vehicles into Thailand across the country's northern borders. 

 

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