Car crushed after oilrig hits overpass

A large transporter truck hit a pedestrian overpass which then dropped onto a passing pickup truck and killed its driver early Friday morning, causing a traffic jam on outbound Barommaratchachonnani Road in Thawi Watthana district of Bangkok.

  • Published: 10/05/2013 at 10:24 AM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

A 30m section of a pedestrian overpass dropped onto a pickup truck after being hit by a truck transporting a drilling rig on Barommaratchachonnani Road in Thawi Watthana district of Bangkok early Friday. (Photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin)

The 18-wheel truck, carrying a large part of an oilrig, hit the underside of the overpass six metres above the road. The overpass section was lifted  off its support pillars and fell on top of a pickup truck passing below, according to a report in Thai Rath.

The truck driver, identified as Manas Matamud, 38, from Nong Jok district of Bangkok, was killed instantly as the overpass section dropped right onto cabin above the driver's seat, Pol Lt Wasan Mankong, a case officer at Thammasala police station, said.

The truck driver, Thanongsak Sathitpao, 43, waited anxiously near his vehicle until police arrived. He told them the truck belongs to Lakthong Logistic Co. The drilling rig was being taken from Chachoengsao province for  delivery in Hat Yai district of Songkhla province.

He said there were three trucks involved in the delivery. He was driving the first one.  He said a police car was leading the convoy but it sped away.

Mr Thanongsak said his truck was transporting a large tube, about 10m long, that hit the bottom of the overpass, which was lifted up and then fell onto the passing pickup truck. 

The accident occurred around 3am Friday and the Department of Highways said it would take until around  2pm to clear the overpass from the road. 

Narongsak Nankhampira, a deputy director at the Thon Buri Highways Maintenance Office, said the overpass was built for pedestrian use with a total length of 60m and is 6m above the ground. The damaged section is a 30m span over the outbound lanes of the road and weighs about 30 tonnes. Work crews have to cut it into three pieces before they can remove it, he said.

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