Unlicensed Jungle Coaster Forced to Close After Accident, Now Open Two Days Later

 | Tue 12 Apr 2016 05:27 ICT

CityNews – Following an accident at the newly opened Pongyang Zipline and Jungle Coaster, news reports have suggested the Governor of Chiang Mai ordered it’s closure, only to see the company make a statement two days later saying they are open for business as usual.

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Photo: Pongyang Zipline and Jungle Coaster Facebook.

On April 10, two people were injured while riding the jungle coaster, heavily publicised online as the first jungle coaster in Thailand.

Authorities then discovered that the trial period for the jungle coaster was over but the company were still operating the ride without a licence.

On April 11, the Governor of Chiang Mai, Prawin Chamniprasart, was said to have made an executive order to close the Pongyang Zipline and Jungle Coaster company.

However, on April 12, the owner of the company told the press that he closed it independently to check and test the jungle coaster for faults.

The owner then announced that the Jungle Coaster is now open for visitors as usual again. Only two days after the accident.

It is not clear whether the ride is licenced yet, but according to previous reports, the governor ordered the licence application to be reviewed, taking the accident into account.

CityNews urges you to take extreme caution when visiting such places. There has been many deadly accidents at ziplines and other types of activities in recent months with authorities seemingly unable to close them down for long.