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Worker killed and many injured following Bangkok overpass construction collapse

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A construction worker has died and at least 8 other people have been critically injured after a Bangkok overpass that was still under construction collapsed. According to a Nation Thailand report, officials believe a malfunctioning crane may have caused the structure to collapse.

It has been reported in other Thai media that 2 people were killed in the collapse of the construction works.

The incident occurred at around 6pm yesterday, July 10, on the On Nut – Lat Krabang Road. The collapse occurred at the construction site of the Lat Krabang elevated bridge, in front of the Lat Krabang branch of the Lotus Department Store.

According to the report, a 20 metre section of the concrete bridge collapsed onto the road, along with a supporting beam. Several cars and other vehicles were damaged, with severe traffic delays ensuing.

One worker was killed by the falling bridge and 8 others were injured and taken to hospital. At least four are thought to be in critical condition, according to Bangkok deputy governor Wisanu Subsompon. He says officials have launched an investigation but they suspect a crane malfunction caused the collapse.

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt visited the site last night, with rescue workers urged to do their utmost to find people potentially trapped under the collapsed structure. The governor has also told people who fear that family members may be trapped to call the 199 Hotline.

Chadchart says the site is off-limits to all but authorised personnel as there is a risk of a further collapse. The surrounding area will be closed for up to 4 days, as the search continues for others who may be trapped under the rubble.

Meanwhile, the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, Thiti Saengsawang, says officers are assisting in the search and helping to direct diverted traffic around the area.

Officers have also been asked to visit workers’ dormitories in the vicinity, to ensure all employees are accounted for. It’s understood the overpass collapsed during a shift changeover for the workers.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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