Date
18 January 2017
Three injured Hong Kong tourists were rushed to a hospital in Bangkok (inset) after their van crashed in Hua Hin. Four others, including the van driver, died in the highway accident. Photo: RTHK
Three injured Hong Kong tourists were rushed to a hospital in Bangkok (inset) after their van crashed in Hua Hin. Four others, including the van driver, died in the highway accident. Photo: RTHK

HK dispatches officials to Thailand to aid minivan crash victims

Two Hong Kong immigration officials were sent to the Thai seaside resort district of Hua Hin to provide help to the families of three Hong Kong tourists who died in a car crash Sunday, RTHK reported.

The Chinese Embassy in Bangkok, meanwhile, has confirmed that four people died and three others injured in the accident which happened as a silver-colored minivan veered off a highway and crashed into a tree in central Thailand.

Speaking at a regular media briefing in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the Chinese embassy will offer help to the Hong Kong people and families involved in the accident. 

While four people, including three Hong Kong tourists and their driver died at the scene, three others were injured in the crash.

The van was said to be carrying a total of seven persons including the driver.

The injured included a 31-year-old Hong Kong woman and her 4-year-old son, according to the RTHK report. The other person who was injured was said to be a 31-year-old man, also from Hong Kong. 

They have all been rushed to a hospital in critical condition. The male patient has recovered somewhat and is able to speak now, according to the report.

Roger Wu, a frequent traveler to Thailand, was quoted as saying that the accident appears to have been a freak incident.

“It is not difficult to drive in Hua Hin as the roads are wide without many steep turns. Thai drivers should have enough experience to drive on those roads,” Wu said.

According to the Bangkok Post, the driver of the van swerved from its lane to avoid crashing into a trailer truck that stopped abruptly.

The truck may have been signaled to pull over within a short distance by highway police, when the accident took place, according to the report.

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