6 June 2024

Summonses have been issued by Bangkok police for 11 witnesses, including those involved in the construction, to visit Chorakhe police station within three days for questioning over the collapse of a segment of an overpass on Luang Phaeng Road, in Bangkok’s Lat Krabang district on Monday.

Two people were killed and seven others were injured in the accident.

Police have already questioned eight witnesses, including one of the injured and five others who witnessed the accident on a segment of the overpass which is a part of On Nut-Lat Krabang elevated road project, which caved in at about 6pm on Monday.

Pol Maj-Gen Saravuth Jindakam, commander of 3rd division of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said that the contractor, Tharawan-Napa joint venture, has initially been charged with negligence causing death.

Public works officials in Lat Krabang district, representatives of the Engineering Institute of Thailand and forensic officers are scheduled to conduct a field inspection of the collapsed section and examine video footage of the accident at a meeting this morning (Wednesday).

Construction workers have been removing the steel beams, which were used to support the concrete beams, with the help of heavy machinery.

A transport company, hired to remove the steel beams from the scene, reportedly said that it expects to remove only five beams today (Wednesday), because each is very heavy and it does not have enough suitable trucks.

Luang Phaeng Road, at the scene and in the close vicinity of the collapse, has been temporarily closed to traffic.