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Crane operator trapped

9. December 2017 | Comments (0)

A lattice crawler crane overturned yesterday at a Bangkok Metro site seriously injuring the operator.

The crane was working on a on a water diversion tunnel at Khlong Bang Sue, which was recently completed. Somehow it managed to overturn onto its side pinning the operator Somphong Kaewduangjan, 54, In his cab. His right foot and lower leg were amputated, either by the accident or in order to cut he free from the wreckage.

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The scene in Bangkok as the emergency services attempt to rescue the operator

He was rushed to the nearest hospital, where he said to be in stable condition. A local reports says that the crane was lifting tunnel lining panels when a sling became stuck. The operator used the crane to try and pull the trapped slings free but instead the effort pulled the crane over.

Police are investigating the exact cause of the incident, but has not charged anyone.
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