Last updated: 04:26 PM ET, Tue April 14 2015

Woman Dies after Collision with Canadian Tourist on Great Wall of China

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 14, 2015

Woman Dies after Collision with Canadian Tourist on Great Wall of China

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Visiting the Great Wall of China should be a dream vacation for those who travel there, but tragedy struck last week when a 70-year-old Chinese woman died from injuries she suffered in a collision with another tourist.

According to the Beijing Post, government officials said a 38-year-old Canadian woman, called by only her last name, Fortin, was coming down a steep portion of the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall when she lost her balance and ran into the 73-year-old identified as Cui Hongfang.

Witnesses report Cui fell after being struck by Fortin and hit her head on the corner of the wall. Cui’s niece saw the entire incident unfold and told the South China Morning Post that her aunt “lost consciousness immediately and was bleeding heavily from her mouth, nose and ears. She stopped breathing soon afterwards.”

Cui’s husband told the Beijing News, “The foreigner was moving really fast. She was chasing [someone] and laughing and wanted to go between me and my wife.”

Local police investigated the incident and initially ruled it an accident. However, a further investigation into the incident was ongoing, and authorities recommended the family file a civil suit in order to seek compensation for the death.

In a separate follow up report from the Beijing News, Cui’s family has officially filed a lawsuit against Fortin, who is not allowed to leave the country until the government’s handling of the case is complete.

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