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Japanese businessman struck by train on Death Railway

A Japanese tourist was seriously injured yesterday after being hit by a train while he was taking photos on the Death Railway in Kanchanaburi, according to police.

Businessman Haruhisa Saito, 52, suffered broken ribs and a head wound in the accident, which was witnessed by hundreds of other visitors to the popular tourist destination. He was rushed to hospital.
Saito, described as a top executive of Japanese company Silvec Co Ltd, did not move off the tracks despite a long whistle from the train crossing the picturesque railway section over the River Kwai behind his back, according to witnesses. After the impact, he fell to the ground five metres below the tracks.
He led staff from his company on a tour of locations in Chon Buri and Kanchanaburi.
The railway was mainly built by prisoners of war under the detention of Japanese soldiers during World War II.

Published : May 21, 2016

By : The Sunday Nation