Motorcyclist dies after falling down drain

Rescue workers are seen near a drain opening in Thon Buri district after an accident on Sunday. (Supplied photo)
Rescue workers are seen near a drain opening in Thon Buri district after an accident on Sunday. (Supplied photo)

A motorcyclist died on Monday after falling into a drainage system inside the Mahai Sawan underpass in Bangkok's Thon Buri district on Sunday, according to local police.

Police said Wanlop Homjampa, 29, from Ubon Ratchathani, was driving his motorcycle at high speed when it skidded inside the underpass. This sent the man skidding for several metres before he ended up inside a drainage opening.

The drain was left open after the lid was stolen, and it had not been replaced. The severely injured motorcycle driver was admitted to Taksin Hospital, where he later died.  

The theft of the drainage lid has been reported to the police by the Thon Buri district office.  

The incident came less than a week after a man fell into a poorly covered 15-metre-deep tube well on a road and died in Lat Phrao district, sparking a public outcry over the lack of safety measures on the part of City Hall and relevant agencies.


  • drain: a pipe that carries away dirty water or other liquid waste - ท่อระบายน้ำ
  • drainage: the system of water or waste liquids flowing away from somewhere into the ground or down pipes - การระบายน้ำ
  • incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
  • lid (noun): a cover over a container that can be removed or opened by turning it or lifting it - ฝาปิดภาชนะ
  • measure: an action taken to solve a particular problem - มาตรการ
  • outcry: a strong expression of anger and disapproval about something, made by a group of people or by the public - การคัดค้านอย่างรุนแรง
  • skid: (especially of a vehicle) to slide along a surface so that you have no control - ลื่น,เลื่อนไถล,เซ,ลื่นไหล
  • theft (noun): (the act of) dishonestly taking something which belongs to someone else and keeping it - การลักขโมย
  • well: a deep hole in the ground from which people obtain water - บ่อน้ำ
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