A Canadian tourist visiting the Great Wall yesterday ran into a 70-year-old woman from Heilongjiang Province as she was climbing up a flight of stairs, accidentally knocking over and killing the elderly woman.
According to Tencent, Cui Hongfang from Jiamusi City was ascending the stairs at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall at around 11:00 a.m. when a Canadian woman “charged down the stairs quickly,” bumping into Cui and knocking her down. Cui was reportedly in good health prior to the incident.
Cui was climbing the wall with her friend surnamed Song, and he gave his account of the incident to reporters. Song said that the Canadian woman was walking extremely quickly down the stairs and Cui had not been holding onto the railing when the collision happened. After the bump, Cui hit her head on side of the wall and tumbled downward. Song said she started coughing up blood and died at the foot of the stairs.
This morning, the police identified the woman responsible only as a “Canadian citizen”. No other details of the case have been released. Police have confirmed to Cui’s family that they consider the incident an accident and therefore it would become a civil matter instead of a criminal one.
Tencent also reports that the Canadian woman may be planning to leave China on April 11.
We will update as more information comes in. Can’t imagine this is going to go well.
by Alex Linder
[Images via Tencent]