Motorbike taxi driver rescued, suffers serious injuries after attempt to hang himself on Chonburi pedestrian bridge

PHOTO: Tri Khunnatham rescue team

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A motorbike taxi driver sustained serious injuries after an attempt to hang himself on a pedestrian bridge in the Mueang Chonburi district over the past weekend.

The Mueang Chonburi Police was notified of the incident at 7:30 P.M. on Friday, February 19th, at a pedestrian bridge at the Chalerm Thai Intersection in front of the Bang Plasoi Post Office.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find the motorbike taxi driver whose name and age was withheld due to editorial policy. He was found hanging with a rope from the pedestrian bridge with a crowd of people attempting to intervene.

Rescue workers cut the rope before bringing him down to the ground.

PHOTO: Puen Khao Sai Joa

He was provided CPR and was resuscitated at the scene. He was rushed to a local hospital for further medical assistance.

The head of the taxi stand nearby, who did not want to give his name to the press, told Mueang Chonburi police during this time they have had very few customers due to a lack of customers amid a loss of tourists and local residents due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The injured man had reportedly been going through multiple financial difficulties and had expressed his concerns and alleged lack of financial support being given multiple times to his fellow drivers.

Things had been improving in terms of customers prior to a second round of Covid-19 related infections which brought restrictions and shutdowns in January which included travel restrictions to Chonburi. According to the head of the motorbike taxi stand although those restrictions had been removed things were slow to improve and the injured driver felt things were hopeless in terms of a return of domestic and foreign tourists.

The injured man reportedly asked the motorbike taxi stand chief for a cigarette before he went up on to the pedestrian bridge to allegedly smoke. After that a nearby witness shouted out for help when they saw the man go over the side of the bridge.

The injured man reportedly remains in a hospital under medical and psychiatric care.

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Story by The Pattaya News

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