Mae Hong Son—
At 8:40 PM, on February 8th, 2024, Thai local media reported an accident of a Chiang Mai-Pai van plunging into a hillside while heading to Pai, Mae Hong Son. As a result, there were 13 Danish tourists injured, and a Thai driver deceased.
At the accident scene, Thai Border Patrol police officers facilitated the traffic and rescued the victims from the accident. The van plunged into a hill after severely colliding with a road barrier, according to Thai local media.
The wounded were given first aid by Pai rescue teams before being urgently transferred to a Pai Hospital. All 13 passengers held Danish nationality, aged between 19 to 28, and suffered from light to serious injuries after the accident. However, a Thai driver, 50, publicly identified only as Mr. Baramee, was later pronounced dead by medical personnel, according to Thai local media.
Pai police officers proceeded to secure the area and coordinated with relevant agencies to retrieve the van wreck.
According to Thai local media, the regular last Chiang Mai-Pai van schedule was at 4:00 PM as it would potentially cause accidents from driving at night and fatigue. However, the van driver carrying 13 Danish tourists reportedly operated after the regular schedule as there was a full moon party at a restaurant in Pai which was held every day.
Initially, the Pai police would gather evidence from the accident scene to determine the exact cause of the accident.