Backhoe driver injured after Chonburi bridge in Ban Bueng collapses

Chonburi, Thailand-

A backhoe driver has sustained multiple injuries after a bridge collapsed in Ban Bueng while he was working in the area yesterday afternoon.

Rescue workers were notified of the accident yesterday (April 19th) at around 3:00 P.M. near the Mountain Cave Temple in the Nong Irun sub-district.

Rescue staff and The Pattaya News Thai team arrived at the scene to find the old bridge, which is 15 meters long and 5 meters high, had collapsed while the backhoe was working in the vicinity.

In the remains of the bridge, rescue workers located the backhoe driver Mr. Amphon Pookaew, 53, who had sustained multiple injuries, including to his legs, from the collapse and resulting fall of his vehicle.

Amphon was pulled up with another backhoe as he was unable to climb due to his injuries before being taken to a local hospital for medical assistance. He was cognizant and calm despite his injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

The supervisor of the construction workers in the area and Amphon’s boss, named to the press as only Mr. Wanchai, 61, told The Pattaya News, “The bridge was in the process of being demolished before a planned total renovation as it had been damaged from recent storms and flooding.”

“We were carefully demolishing the bridge wall from one side when both sides of the wall broke. Then, the bridge collapsed. The backhoe and the driver, Amphon, fell down. Our construction company is assisting with Mr. Amphon and his injuries.” Wanchai stated.

The bridge is now blocked for road usage while the bridge is being repaired, Wanchai added.

Relevant agencies are also reportedly investigating the collapse and resulting injury, notes The Pattaya News.

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