Two Chinese tourists, including a 10-year-old boy, were killed after a tour bus lost control and rolled on its side on popular resort island Phuket, Thai media reported.
Another 22 Chinese passengers on the bus were injured when the vehicle overturned while going downhill in Patong, in the Kathu district, on Monday night, the Phuket Gazette reported.
The boy, surnamed Lu, died at the scene at about 11pm, while his father, 36, was pronounced dead in hospital, according to the report. The injured were taken to four hospitals and the cause of the accident was being investigated.
The Thai bus driver sustained minor injuries and tested negative for alcohol, the report said.
Millions of mainland tourists visit Thailand every year and accidents involving Chinese nationals are frequently reported.
Last year, 228 foreign tourists died in the Southeast Asian country, with Chinese citizens seeing the highest number of fatalities, according to the Bangkok Post.
Some 74 Chinese drowned in Thailand from January to mid-June this year, Global Times reported.
In Phuket, a Chinese tourist died after being hit by a car when crossing a road in August. Two months earlier, two Chinese were killed in a speedboat crash.
Water and traffic safety had become big issues as more Chinese travelled to southern Thailand, the Chinese consul general in the southern city of Songkhla told Thai officials in March, Phuket News reported.
“We hope that Thai authorities will strengthen their water safety management, such as for snorkelling, and improve … tourism safety facilities to ensure … [the safety] of Chinese tourists,” consul general Zhou Haicheng was quoted as saying.
In response, Thai police vowed to crack down on drink drivers and “make efforts to reduce the number of Chinese tourists drowning and traffic accident casualties”, the report said. – SCMP
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