BANGKOK, July 11 (AP) – An elevated road under construction in the Thai capital collapsed, killing at least one person and leaving two others missing, with rescuers unable to access the scene Tuesday for fear of further collapse. .
Twelve other people were injured in Monday’s accident, according to the disaster prevention and mitigation department.
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It was not immediately clear why the road on the west side of Bangkok collapsed, but Governor Chachat Sitipan said the road was badly damaged and remained impassable.
The body of one confirmed dead person has yet to be found, and rescuers fear more people may be trapped in the rubble of the elevated road, which has been under construction since 2020, he said.
Video footage of the moment of the collapse showed a blue metal structure that appeared to be supporting a concrete slab that suddenly fell, causing the entire structure to collapse. People were seen fleeing the scene screaming.
The construction project was commissioned by Tharawan Construction and Npa Construction, according to the contract published on the website of the Office of the Official Information Commissioner.
Chad Chart speculates that the accident was caused by a flaw in the way the structure was assembled.
“This kind of thing shouldn’t have happened,” he said during a tour of the scene on Monday night. “Someone needs to be held accountable for this because it’s not something that was inevitable.”
Earlier this year, a construction worker was killed and four cars damaged in a similar accident in Bangkok when a concrete slab fell from an elevated road under construction.
In this case, the frame used to lift the slab broke, causing sections of concrete to fall to the ground below. (Associated Press)
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