BANGKOK (AFP) – A Greek diplomat based in Bangkok was killed Wednesday after she fell under a moving train while visiting a popular Thailand tourist region known for inspiring the classic film “The Bridge on the River Kwai”, police said.
The woman, who was in her early 50s and worked as an attaché at the Greek embassy, died during a family trip to Kanchanaburi, a town in western Thailand famous for its World War II-era bridge spanning the River Kwai and nearby national park.
Local police said the accident occurred as the woman dashed to get off a train as it pulled out of a station where her family had already disembarked. During the rush she slipped and fell under the train’s wheels.
“She came with her family. At the train station all of her family disembarked but she was left behind,” Lieutenant Kasan Para of Sai Yok police station told AFP by telephone.
He added: “She rushed to get off the train but it was already moving and she fell and got pulled underneath. She died instantly at the scene.”