‘Octopus’ Ride Accident Injures 15 at Temple Fair

The aftermath at ‘The Octopus’ ride Sunday night at a temple fair in Samut Prakan. 15 were injured.

SAMUT PRAKAN — The owner of a temple fair carnival ride faces a charge of reckless endangerment after his spinning ride malfunctioned, injuring more than a dozen people.

Somdet Rassamee, who owned “Octopus” ride, was being questioned Monday by police, who said he could be charged with recklessness causing injury after 15 people were hurt when the ride’s hydraulics failed Sunday night at the annual Phra Samut Chedi Temple in southeast metro Bangkok.

At about 9:30pm, carnival attendees were screaming and running in chaos after one of the ride’s arms and a large decorative octopus at the center came crashing down. The injured were taken for treatment at local hospitals with injuries including several broken ankles, according to Col. Sopon Phunooch of Samut Prakan city police.

As of Monday morning, police were still investigating the cause of the accident.