Red minibus slides downhill in Chiang Mai, 2 killed

A red minibus slid down from a parking lot in front of Phu Phing Ratchaniwet Palace in Tambon Suthep of Chiang Mai’s Muang district and rammed into a food stall below, killing two women and seriously wounding another, on Tuesday morning (Dec 5).

Yongyuth Boonlert, 45, the minibus driver, told police that he took a number of tourists from Chiang Mai town to Phu Phing Ratchaniwet Palace.  On arriving at the palace, he parked the vehicle and the passengers went off for sightseeing.

After the sightseeing, the passengers returned to the vehicle at about 11am. When he removed a stone which he used to block a rear wheel, the minibus, of which the engine had not been started, suddenly slid backward and moved quickly downhill, hitting a food stall about five to seven metres below.

Two female passengers fell off and were killed after the minibus ran over them.  They were Mrs Kanokporn Tongtiram, 60, and Mrs Duangdaeng Pongdet.  Another woman, Mrs La-iad Charoenrat, 75, was seriously injured.  She was admitted to Maharat Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital.

All of them were from Ta Kua Pa district of Phangnga province.

The killed and the wounded were among a group of tourists visiting Chiang Mai for a cold season tour.