At Least 3 Injured When Crane Collapses in Silom

A crane collapsed on a car, trees and electric poles Friday morning in Saladaeng Road.
A crane collapsed on a car, trees and electric poles Friday morning in Saladaeng Road.

BANGKOK — A construction crane collapsed Friday morning on a car and electric poles in central Bangkok, injuring at least three people.

The accident happened at about 9am on Sala Daeng Road in the Silom area. The crane reportedly fell from a construction site onto a passing car, several trees and five utility poles, and also damaged a number of buildings and cars parked nearby.

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Road traffic was closed after police and rescue workers arrived on the scene. The cause of the accident was being investigated. Electricity to the area remained cut off as of 11am.

A female victim was trapped in one of the vehicles and had sustained serious injuries. Two men, a motorcycle rider and a pedestrian, suffered minor injuries. All were taken to a hospital.

Police identified Wirak Reuan as the crane’s operator. The construction was for a housing complex and said to have been underway for over a year.

Update: This article has been updated with additional information.