VIDEO: Bus driver fired after going through rail barrier

VIDEO: Bus driver fired after going through rail barrier

A No.8 bus with passengers speeds through a rail barrier at a crossing on Sri Ayutthaya Road in Bangkok on the night of Oct 7. (Photo captured from video posted on @hearonboard Facebook)
A No.8 bus with passengers speeds through a rail barrier at a crossing on Sri Ayutthaya Road in Bangkok on the night of Oct 7. (Photo captured from video posted on @hearonboard Facebook)

A driver of Bangkok’s No.8 bus has been fired after a clip showing him driving through a rail barrier at a downtown crossing drew heavy criticism among netizens.

The No.8 bus service operator sent a representative to explain the incident to the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA), which supervises bus services in Bangkok. Its driver, identified only as Prathan, went through a rail barrier at Saowanee intersection off Si Ayutthaya Road on the night of Oct 7. 

The operator admitted it was the driver’s fault and promised to ask all drivers to strictly obey traffic rules and BMTA regulations.

The BMTA imposed a maximum fine of 5,000 baht on the bus operator. Mr Prathan was fired from the job.  The No.8 bus, which hit the rail barrier, has been suspended from service for seven days to Tuesday.

The clip, posted on @hearonboard Facebook page, drew criticism among netizens who wrote he had put passengers' lives at risk. 

Clip from @hearonboard Facebook page.

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Vocabulary

  • barrier: a bar or gate that stops people, animals or vehicles from entering a place - สิ่งกีดขวางทางผ่าน
  • criticism: comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad - การวิจารณ์
  • fault (adj): being the one to blame; blameworthy; the person who caused something bad to happen - ความผิด
  • fire: to make someone leave their job, sometimes as a punishment - ไล่ออก
  • netizens (noun): people who use the Internet a lot - พลเมืองเครือข่ายคอมพิวเตอร์
  • obey: to do what you are told or expected to do - เชื่อฟัง, ทำตามคำสั่ง
  • representative: someone who has been chosen or elected by a person or group to vote, give opinions, or make decisions for them - ผู้แทน

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