A driver of a green Nissan March narrowly escaped death when a giant metal bar fell from a construction site on March 17 at Phahonyothin Road. Image: @Oosora / Twitter

BANGKOK — A driver narrowly escaped injury – or worse – when a giant metal bar fell from an elevated rail under construction and landed on her car Friday afternoon.

The piece, known as a launcher, struck the hood of the Nissan March at about 3.30pm on the inbound Phahonyothin Road close to Ratchayothin intersection.

The road was the site of the new elevated Green Line train system being built by Mass Rapid Transit Authority, or MRTA. A private firm called Italian-Thai Development is in charge of the construction.

There were no reports of any injuries.

MRTA deputy director Surachet Laophulsuk said officials are working to determine the cause of the accident. He vowed to take action against the contractor.

“There will certainly be an action,” Surachet said.

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