4 Japanese tourists killed in car ac­ci­dent in cen­tral Thai­land

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus -

FOUR Japanese tourists were killed Wed­nes­day in a car ac­ci­dent in Ayut­thaya, cen­tral Thai­land, lo­cal police said.

The Japanese Em­bassy in Bangkok con­firmed the death of the four – two men and two women. Lo­cal me­dia re­ported that a Thai tour guide also died in the ac­ci­dent, while the driver was se­ri­ously in­jured.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred in Ayut­thaya, about 80 kilo­me­tres north of Bangkok, at around 4pm when the car car­ry­ing the four ap­pears to have crashed into a slow-mov­ing truck and burst into flames, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports.

The car was ap­par­ently trav­el­ing at over 100 kilo­me­tres per hour at the time. Given the cir­cum­stances, the police are look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity that the driver may have dozed off at the wheel, ac­cord­ing to the re­ports.

The four were iden­ti­fied as Kat­suhiko Na­ri­moto, 65, Haruka Na­ri­moto, 30, Ku­miko Komeima, 59, and Yoshio Komeima, 68. They were on a sight­see­ing tour or­gan­ised by Toky­obased Nip­pon Travel Agency Co.

The four left Kan­sai air­port in Osaka Pre­fec­ture on Tues­day and were due to re­turn to Ja­pan on Fri­day af­ter tour­ing Bangkok and Ayut­thaya. They were mak­ing a one-day trip to the pop­u­lar tourist spot when they were killed in the ac­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to the travel agency.

“We would like to ex­press our deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the de­ceased,” agency Pres­i­dent Ak­i­hiro Horisaka said at a news con­fer­ence in Tokyo. – Ky­odo

Res­cue work­ers clean up the scene around the pas­sen­ger van in which five peo­ple were killed in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent in Ayut­thaya, cen­tral Thai­land, on Wed­nes­day. Photo: js100.com

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