Ten students injured when crane collapses in Bangkok

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19 June 2019 – Ten female students of Assumption Convent School in Bangkok have sustained injuries after a crane collapsed on a building site adjacent to the school in the morning.

Police and emergency responders arrived to find a tower crane has crashed onto the roof of a school from the condominium that is being renovated by contractors beside it. Ten schoolgirls had sustained injuries as a result of the falling debris caused by the collapsed tower cranes.

Seven students were rushed to Lertsin Hospital while three others were sent to Saint Louis Hospital, said Phonthep Sae-Heng, chief of the city’s Erawan medical emergency centre.

Director of Lertsin Hospital, Dr. Sompong Tanjariyaporn said that one student, hit in the head, was unconscious but has already regained consciousness and put under medical surveillance.

Local media reported that Bang Rak district has cordoned off the crane collapse site, which was found being modified without permission.

The tower crane was used to construct an addition of a condominium building which the crane could not bear excessive weight and fell onto the ground. There have been several cases that construction materials from the site fell onto the school and nearby houses.

The authorities announced the area off-limits until the building owner seeks permission for the building modification legally.