Chinese tourist dies in northern Thailand zip-lining accident
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Chinese tourist dies in northern Thailand zip-lining accident

Police say a Chinese tourist broke her neck and died at a zip-lining attraction in the northern Thai province of Chiang Mai.

Police Col. Adun Somnuk said the 32-year-old woman was sliding down a 600-meter (2,000-feet) zip-line on Sunday when a worker failed to grab her during a maneuver to stop her from traveling further. She then hit another person in front.

Adun said Tuesday the staff rushed her to a hospital where they told doctors only that she had passed out while zip-lining. But an autopsy later showed the woman, who was a doctor, had suffered a broken neck.

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Adun said officers sent to inspect the zip-line operation are questioning the staff and witnesses. He said the staff could be charged with causing death by negligence.

Local reports said the incident occurred at the ‘Flying Squirrels’ attraction in Mae Rim district, just north of Chiang Mai city.

The Bangkok Post reported Tuesday that Chinese tourists accompanying the woman, named as Wang Qi, have called for a further investigation into the incident.

In June another Chinese national died at another Chiang Mai zip-lining attraction, ‘Skyline Adventure’, after he fell 12 meters after safety equipment failed.

The management of the attraction was charged with reckless action causing death. That attraction remains open, with visitors continuing to post positive reviews on TripAdvisor.

Additional reporting from Associated Press