Selfie-taking tourist hit by train in Thailand

Businessman thrown five metres while taking photos on River Kwai Bridge

Train crossing Bridge over River Kwai.

A Japanese tourist was hit by a train on the famous River Kwai Bridge in Thailand while taking a selfie on Saturday morning.

Businessman Haruhisa Saito, 52, was struck in front of hundreds of holidaymakers in the popular Kanchanaburi province tourist spot.

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According to the Bangkok Post, he sustained broken ribs and head injuries after being hit by the number 257 Thon Buri-Nam Tok train on the bridge in Muang district.

Police said that they rushed to the scene, where the train had stopped on the track. Saito had already been sent to a nearby hospital.

Japan Times reports that he was walking along the bridge and stopped to take photos, unaware of the approaching train.

He was thrown about five metres from the bridge when the train struck.

Saito, who is president of Thai Silvec Co., was visiting Kanchanaburi with his employees.

Police are investigating the incident.

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