A woman in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, has died in a “catastrophe” after falling off her horse while trying to jump a fence, police said on Wednesday.
Thailand has seen a surge in deadly collisions involving animals, with more than 200 people killed since last year, including more than 20 in recent weeks.
The woman fell off the horse while attempting to jump the fence during a festival in the eastern city of Chiang Mai on Tuesday, Chiang Pha Phai district police chief Suthep Thaugsuban told Reuters news agency.
“The horse fell and the rider fell and died,” he said.
The death of the woman is being investigated by local and international investigators, police spokesman Sutheb told AFP news agency on Wednesday, adding that she had been hospitalized.
He did not give further details.
In recent years, police have stepped up efforts to protect animal visitors from the crowds of people who flock to Chiang Poi province, where the capital is located.
But many of the people who visit the tourist areas are tourists, often with young children on their backs, often walking alongside them.
The city of 10 million people has also been hit by a spate of stabbings and other attacks that have left at least seven dead and at least two wounded.
In March, a 22-year-old woman was shot and seriously injured while trying a jump over a fence at a popular tourist spot in the capital, Phuket, police reported.
Authorities have also issued an alert to ensure that animals and people on the edge of tourist areas avoid each other.