A Japanese man taking a “selfie” on the famous River Kwai Bridge was seriously injured after being hit by a train in full view of hundreds of shocked tourists on Saturday morning.

Haruhisa Saito, 52, sustained broken ribs and head injuries after being struck by Thon Buri-Nam Tok train No 257 on the bridge in Muang district, said Pol Lt Wichai Srimuangthanachai, a deputy tourist police inspector in Kanchanaburi province. The incident was reported at 11.25am on Saturday.

Police rushed to the scene and found the train stopped on the track. The injured man had already been sent to a nearby hospital.

Police said that Mr Saito, the president of Silvec Co in Chon Buri, had taken his employees to visit Kanchanaburi for the holiday weekend. The businessman was walking along the bridge, part of the infamous World War II Death Railway, and stopped to take some photos.

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