A 70-year-old woman drove her car into a ditch that had been dug to lay water mains at the Ratchada-Tha Phra underpass construction site last night with this leaving both her and her son injured, Sanook.com and TV Channel 7 said today (April 9).
Mrs. Khemkorn Kongthananon, 70, the driver is still in shock. She confirmed that although she is 70 years old she can still drive well without any symptoms of forgetfulness, and has been driving for over 30 years now.
She added that there were no construction warning signs and also not enough light which led to the accident.
As a result of the accident she is now suffering from pain in the chest, waist and legs. Her son, Mr. Warat Kongthananon, 25, also got injured.
She also added that the construction spot is frequently changed and this causes confusion for road users.
Pol Lt Col Phaijit Oopkaew, deputy traffic chief at Talat Phlu station, called the contractor in for questioning about barriers, warning lights and traffic signs at the construction site which is on a public road and has to meet certain standards and not cause harm and injury to others through negligence.
The contractor told police that this part of the project is due for completion at the end of this month with the occupied section of the road then returned for public use.
An electrical engineer told police the work on the water mains was taking place at night and sand had been brought in to fill the tunnel. After this was partly completed the work crew forgot to put the steel barriers back in place which was when the woman drove straight into the ditch.
He added that if the barriers were in place such accidents would not take place.
However the contractor has initially agreed to pay all the damages to the victim while urging other contractors undertaking public works to be careful and ensure the safety of the public while focusing on construction quality.
Khemkorn’s white sedan in the construction ditch with this accident leaving both her and her son injured. Photos: Sanook.com