Zoo tragedy probe finds rust on pedal

Zoo tragedy probe finds rust on pedal

The collision between two electric sightseeing carts that killed five people at Khao Suan Kwang Zoo in Khon Kaen on Sunday could have been caused by a mechanical malfunction, an expert said yesterday.

Watcharapon Suntiwarakorn, Khon Kaen University's head of mechanical engineering, said a preliminary examination found the accelerator pedal on the cart that hurtled down a 500-metre slope was rusty, which could have lead to problems with the pedal.

The driver of the cart said his accelerator pedal became stuck before the accident, preventing him from stopping the vehicle, according to police.

A team of investigators from Police Region 4 and mechanical experts from Khon Kaen University inspected the carts yesterday.

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