11 July 2024

Three people were injured and several cars and motorcycles were damaged when a huge construction crane collapsed and pulled down ten power poles and trees on Soi Saladaeng off the busy Silom Road in Bangkok this morning.

One of the witnesses, Ms Natthareni who lives in a house just the opposite where the crane collapsed, said she heard a loud noise as she was resting in her room.

She took a look through a window and saw the tip of the crane resting on a building opposite her house.  She quickly ran out of the house to look at her car which was parked in front of the house and saw a brick on the window of her car and the back windshield.

Police blocked Soi Saladaeng to all traffic and, at the same time, asked the Metropolitan Electricity Auhority to switch off power supply to the area and called in a crane truck to remove the fallen crane, power poles and trees.

Bangrak district chief Ms Pakkaporn Sa-nguansak said a complaint had been lodged with the police against the engineer supervising construction in the lane for negligence over the collapse of the construction crane.

Also, the City Hall will sue the construction firm demanding compensation for the five fallen trees.