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21 November 2007 :: 13:11:13 pm 38547

SKY TRAIN DERAILS AT LOY KRATHONG CARNIVAL INJURING TWO STUDENTS

Two students were injured when a sky train ride at a Loy Krathong carnival at Burapha University derailed. Officials determined that there were no safety procedures in place and closed down the operation.
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On 21 November 2007, at 1am, Police Captain Phairoj Nonphongsri, Saensook Station, Chonburi, was informed that two people were injured when a sky train ride derailed at a carnival being held at Burapha University, located at 169 Long Hard Bangsaen Beach Road, Saensook, Chonburi. When officials arrived at the scene of the accident, they observed mechanics fixing the rails of the sky train ride. The two injured people had already been taken to the hospital.
Mr. Banyong Eampornphitakchai (38), the owner of the sky train ride, was interviewed and was determined to be responsible for the accident. The two injured Burapha University students sustained head injuries when they fell down and hit their heads against the steel bar below. One of the injured was Mr. Pornwalan Chartchaiwaiwit (18), a first year student at the faculty of humanities. The other injured young man has not yet been identified. Both were receiving medical treatment.

Officials ceased operations of all the rides at the carnival to check for safety. From a cursory inspection, it appeared that the equipment would not pass the safety tests as there was no support on the rail. It, apparently, was just put on the ground and secured with old screws. If allowed to continue to operate, there might very well be more injuries.

Officials were to report to the chief about the incident. Some other activities at the carnival were of dubious legality such as Bingo, balloon darts, and fireworks that were being sold by the organizers and students.

Officials warned the sellers that they were prohibited from selling dangerous items, especially fireworks and lanterns. As there were many buildings in the immediate area, toys involving fire and flames could be a serious fire hazard. Officials and the university authorities planned to cooperate to determine if gambling was taking place at the university.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Crime News

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