Another foreigner died on the road during the Songkran festival which dramatically increases the already high number of road fatalities in Thailand every year.
The announcement of Mr Erich Fruthinger’s death was made at the end of the celebration on April 16 by Mukdahan officials who were holding a meeting regarding the traffic accidents in the province during the “five dangerous days”.
According to the provincial governor Nopadon Paitun, Mr Fruthinger, an 80-year-old long-time resident of Kham Cha-i district, the accident occurred while the Swiss man was riding his car back home on April 15 to see his Thai wife in Ban Khok area in Ban Kho subdistrict.
“He must have lost consciousness or fell asleep”, provincial governor Mr Nopadon summarised investigator’s presumptions. He then lost control of his car on an empty road between Ban Kho and Ban Khok at around 1:00 and was killed in the crash. Mr Nopadon also revealed that the foreigner was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
In total, three people died during the Songkran celebration in Mukdahan province on the road while 31 were injured. Most cases were connected to drink-driving, statistics showed.
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