13 tourists injured in van’s plunge into Doi Ang Khang ravine

Thirteen Thai tourists were injured, four of them in serious condition, after a passenger van in which they were travelling on the way back from Doi Ang Khang, Fang district of Chiang Mai, skidded out of the narrow road and plunged into a deep ravine on New Year’s Day.

Fang district officials, military personnel and rescue workers rushed to the scene of the accident in Ban Khom Dong, Tambon Monpin. They found the van rest at the bottom of the ravine about 140 metres from the road.

All the injured were rescued and rushed to Fang district hospital for emergency treatment.

After the accident, Chatchaval Panya, Fang district chief officer, said he had instructed officials concerned to warn motorists to exercise extra caution when driving on the steep and narrow road toward Doi Ang Khang.

Chavat Wattanatham, director of Highways Department’s Chiang Mai office, said that over 4,000 cars of various kinds travelled on the route each day during the New Year’s holidays, causing traffic gridlock at some points where the road is narrow and steep.

He also recommended drivers who were not familiar with the route to use public transport instead for their own safety.