2 Singaporeans among seven injured in Erawan Shrine accident

Thai Army officers inspect the scene where a car slammed into the fence of the Erawan Shrine area, in Bangkok, Thailand on July 22.
Thai Army officers inspect the scene where a car slammed into the fence of the Erawan Shrine area, in Bangkok, Thailand on July 22. PHOTO: EPA

SINGAPORE- Two Singaporeans were among seven people injured in an accident at a popular Hindu shrine in Thai capital Bangkok on Friday (July 22).

Thai newspaper Bangkok Post reported that the Singaporean victims are Mrs Ong Chey Tao, 70, and Miss Ng Icon Leng, 35. They were worshipping at the Erawan Shrine, a popular stop for East Asian tourists when the incident happened, and were rushed to the Police Hospital, Chulalongkorn Hospital and Bangkok Christian Hospital.

It was an accident, police commander Pornchai Chalodet of the Lumpini area where the Erawan Shrine is located told AFP. "A lady had epilepsy while driving and couldn't control the car," he said.

AFP reported that police said the driver, who appeared to be about 40 years old, lost control of her Toyota Soluna and crashed through the sidewalk fence at the intersection beside the shrine before it happened to pass through the gate of the shrine and stopped just before it hit the shrine.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that officers from the Singapore Embassy in Bangkok have visited them in the hospital there. "The Embassy will remain in close contact with them and provide them with the necessary consular assistance," a spokesman said.

 

The others were Mr Jonto Kurniawan, 73, from Indonesia and Mrs Rosita Kurniawan, 56, from Indonesia, Miss Leena Bong, 81, from China and Mrs Kanuengnit Techorai, 55, who was the driver of the car.

Erawan Shrine was the site of a bombing in August 2015 that left 20 dead and scores injured. Two Uighur men from western China are on trial for the bombing. They have both denied involvement in the attack.