Chiang Mai –
Three among 30 beautiful contestants from the Miss Thailand 2020 competition were slightly injured after a bridge accidentally collapsed while posing for promotional photography at the Pang Pao Beach Cafe and Restaurant in Chiang Mai Province yesterday, December 7.
The accident occurred around 3:00 P.M. during the sixth consecutive day of undergoing training sessions and activities in the Northern province as a small bridge constructed from ropes and a steel walkway at the restaurant entrance suddenly collapsed while all of the contestants were standing on the bridge for photography.
One of them suffered cuts and bruises on her forehead, while two others had minor scrapes. They were rushed to a hospital for a checkup and were discharged afterward, while the rest of the contestants were seen hugging, some laughing at the comical situation and comforting each other before proceeding to do other training activities.
Dr. Adisorn Suddee, the director of Miss Thailand 2020, said after the incident that the bridge might have collapsed due to their combined weight, sending them plunging into the 60-centimeter-deep water below.
“It was unexpected that the bridge would break. Meanwhile, the contest and training session would continue until December 13 and we would take the best care of the injured contestants throughout the sessions,” the director added.
Worapot Chatkanjana, the owner of Pang Pao Beach Cafe and Restaurant, told the press that the restaurant had just opened for the second day, with many tourists visiting. The bridge, however, could only support the overall weight of 25 persons, causing the bridge to eventually collapse.
The owner said: “Pang Pao Cafe and Restaurant was willing to take care of what happened and to cover treatment costs for the injured women. We would also improve the stability of the bridge as well as safety measures to prevent reoccurrence of the incident in the future.”
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