BMA halts construction of MRT Yellow Line after crane accident
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) ordered the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) to temporarily halt the construction of the Yellow Line train route on the Lat Phrao-Samrong section for seven days from April 14 after an April 13 accident injured a motorcyclist, Bangkok Governor Pol General Aswin Kwanmuang said on Thursday.
The accident took place at around noon on Srinagarindra Road Soi 1 when a construction crane toppled to the road. The debris from the fall led to a motorcycle crash, with the rider sustaining a minor injury. He was sent to Lat Phrao hospital for treatment.
There were no reports of damage to other property or equipment.
According to the MRTA, the crane was installing an emergency walkway between the guideway beam of the elevated train route when a sling snapped and caused the crane to lose balance and fall.
“The MRTA was asked to halt construction for seven days to fix the damage and ensure compliance with regulations on construction of public facilities as well as other safety standards,” Aswin said.
“They will also have to compensate the victim and file a report with the BMA’s Public Works Department.”
The MRT Yellow Line is an elevated mass rapid transit route linking Bangkok’s Lat Phrao to Samut Prakan province. The 30.4-kilometre-long line will have 23 stations and is planned to fully open in July 2023.