Japanese Businessman Taking a Selfie, Struck by Train on River Kwai Bridge

Japanese Businessman Taking a Selfie, Struck by Train on River Kwai Bridge
Haruhisa Saito, 52,was seriously injured after being hit by a train in full view of hundreds of shocked tourists
Haruhisa Saito, 52,was seriously injured after being hit by a train in full view of hundreds of shocked tourists

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KANCHANABURI – Haruhisa Saito, 52,a Japanese businessman taking a “selfie” on the famous River Kwai Bridge was seriously injured after being hit by a train in full view of hundreds of shocked tourists on Saturday morning.

Pol Lt Wichai Srimuangthanachai, a deputy tourist police inspector in Kanchanaburi province said Mr.Haruhisa Saito, sustained broken ribs and head injuries after being struck by the trianon the bridge in Muang district around 11.25am on Saturday.

Mr Saito is treated in an ambulance before being taken to hospital. (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen)
Mr Saito is treated in an ambulance before being taken to hospital. (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen)

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Police said that Mr Saito, the President of Silvec Co in Chon Buri, had taken his employees to visit Kanchanaburi for the holiday weekend. The businessman was walking along the bridge, part of the infamous World War II Death Railway, and stopped to take some photos.

While he was taking a selfie, he did not notice the train coming behind him. The train kept whistling, but he failed to hear it, Thai Media reported.

When the train struck him, the impact threw him from the bridge to the ground about five metres below. Around 1,000 Thai and foreign tourists were visiting the area and many screamed in panic.

Pol Lt Wichai Srimuangthanachai said rescue workers provided first aid and rushed him to the hospital.

By Piyarach Chongcharoen – Bangkok Post

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