The accident occurred at Khlong Yai Bridge on Road No. 36 in Tambon Choeng Noen, Muang district, at about 2pm, said Pol Capt Pichet Ingchaipoom of the Muang Rayong Police.
A Bangkok-registered Toyota Commuter driven by Arkom Kumkainam, 47, was carrying four British tourists and a woman tour guide, Kanokrat Chaicharoensawat, 44, when it skidded off the road, fell from the bridge and plummeted into the canal below.
Kanokrat, a Bangkok native, was found dead in the front seat when rescue workers arrived at the scene. Mr Arkom was badly hurt when he was rescued from the water and sent to Sri Rayong hospital. The four tourists – Richard Dixon, 54, his wife Carla, 41, daughter Sara, 18, and six-year-old son Elliott – were taken to Rayong hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The cause of the accident is not known yet. Police later took Mr Dixon to Muang Rayong police station to try to find out more about the incident.
The van was taking the visitors from Koh Samet to Bangkok.
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