German Woman Dies in Thailand Elephant Accident

December 2, 2011

A 52-year-old German woman has died after falling off an elephant in southern Thailand.

Police Capt. Chatchai Nakpaksee says the tourist, Kerstin Kretz Schmar, was riding the elephant with her husband when the accident occurred Tuesday evening in Krabi province.

The elephant slipped, and the couple fell to the ground. Kretz Schmar’s husband landed on top of her. She died at a Krabi hospital.

Chatchai said Wednesday that no one has been charged in the incident, and that an investigation was under way.

Elephant rides are popular at tourist spots around Thailand, including popular beach destinations such as Krabi.

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