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Death Road in Thailand took the life of a tourist

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A foreign tourist died after falling off a train on the Road of Death while traveling in Kanchanaburi province in Thailand

A tourist from New Zealand fell off a train in Kanchanaburi province while photographing the scenic route of the Road of Death, the Khaosod newspaper reported. Police received a report that a passenger had fallen off a train that was passing the Krasae Cave around 11:50 a.m.

Police and rescue services arrived on the scene and found the body of the fallen passenger 8 meters below the bridge. The deceased turned out to be Patrick Ward, 45, from New Zealand, said Sai Yok Police Chief Colonel Puchong Narong-in.

Witnesses told police that the tourist was riding a train from River Kwai Station to Nam Tok Station in Sai Yok District. As the train was moving at a very slow speed over the famous wooden railroad bridge of the Road of Death, the man opened the door in the train’s vestibule to take photos but suddenly slipped and fell off the train, witnesses to the incident said.

Trains move at a slow speed over the 400-meter-long wooden railroad bridge so passengers can enjoy a view of the River Kwai before reaching Tham Krasae station.

Police said the tourist’s body has been sent to the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the Bangkok Police General Hospital for forensic examination, and the New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok has been informed of the incident.

The Thai-Burma Railway, also infamously known as the Road of Death, stretched 415 kilometers of which nearly 13 kilometers were bridges. The road was used to supply Japanese troops during World War II and was built by Japanese prisoners of war in 1943. About 304 kilometers of the railroad is in Thailand. It has now become a popular tourist attraction in Kanchanaburi Province.

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