Irish tourist dies after falling from moving train in Thailand


Bangkok, Thailand
CNN

A 45-year-old Irish tourist died in Thailand on Tuesday after falling from a moving train, Thai police said.

Patrick Ward fell off the train in Kanchanburi province, west of the capital Bangkok, while traveling at low speed past a scenic view, Pol said. Can. Kiatisak Kerdchok.

Kiatisak said Ward may have fallen while walking between the carriages. It’s unclear if Ward is viewing the view or taking photos, he said.

Police were quickly alerted to the incident and medical personnel rushed to help Ward but were unable to revive him, Kiatisak said.

Ward had boarded the train at the River Kwai station in Kanchanaburi, a province known for its natural attractions including the Krasae Caves, near the incident.

Many visitors are also drawn to the history of the railway, made famous by the 1957 World War II film The Bridge on the River Kwai. The railway line, built by prisoners of war, once connected Thailand with neighboring Myanmar.

Officials say Ward entered Thailand on December 26 on a tourist visa. A police investigation is underway.

CNN has reached out to the Irish Embassy in Bangkok for comment.

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