Crane driver drowns in ditch

Crane driver drowns in ditch

Rescuers try unsuccessfully to help the trapped driver of the partially submerged mobile crane, which toppled into this deep ditch when the edge of the road crumbled, in Tha Muang district, Kanchanaburi on Monday. (Photo: Piyarat Chongcharoen)
Rescuers try unsuccessfully to help the trapped driver of the partially submerged mobile crane, which toppled into this deep ditch when the edge of the road crumbled, in Tha Muang district, Kanchanaburi on Monday. (Photo: Piyarat Chongcharoen)

KANCHANABURI: The driver was drowned when a 25-tonne mobile crane toppled into a roadside ditch and he was trapped inside the operating cabin.

The accident occurred about 4.15pm on Monday on a road by a starch factory at Moo 2 village in tambon Wang Sala of Tha Muang district, Pol Maj Vacharapong Sosuebngam of Tha Muang police station said.

Thanakorn Boonsri was driving the crane back to the company compound after finishing work. The weight of the crane caused the edge of the road to subside, he said.

The crane toppled into the deep ditch alongside the road, which held a lot of water. The cabin was submerged, and Thanakorn was trapped inside it.

Rescuers from a charity foundation soon arrived, but were unable to extricate the driver and save his life.

They had to call for another crane to lift the partially submerged crane from the ditch.

Thanakorn was taken from the cabin about an hour afterward, but it was too late for him. 


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