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Heavy winds in Sri Racha knocks down PTT sign killing one

A petrol station sign in Sri Racha, Thailand, was toppled by strong winds during a typhoon, causing damage to several nearby establishments, including a coffee shop, a noodle restaurant, and a convenience store. Unfortunately, a reckless young man who had come to refill his gas tank drove out at the exact moment the sign fell, resulting in his car being crushed.

The incident occurred on September 20, 2566 at 16:30. Pol. Lt. Col. Chinan Thammasanburan, investigator from the Sriracha Police Station in Chonburi Province, received a report about a large petrol station sign that had collapsed onto a coffee shop and a car, causing injuries and fatalities.

The incident took place at the PTT gas station branch on Sukhumvit Road, Sriracha District, Chonburi Province. The incident was immediately investigated by the Sriracha Rescue Unit along with the Pattaya Volunteer Rescue Unit. At the scene, they discovered a large petrol station sign that had fallen and crushed the coffee shop, noodle restaurant, and convenience store.

It was close to a bronze Isuzu pickup truck with license plate BOP 5967 Sukhothai, which was also crushed by an advertisement sign. The driver, identified as Mr. Sawat Manoi, 65 years old, was unconscious and had severe injuries on his body. The rescue team managed to extract his body from the vehicle, but unfortunately, he passed away after the incident. Additionally, one customer who had sought shelter from the rain was injured.

The rescuers provided preliminary medical treatment and interviewed the petrol station staff. They were informed that a heavy rainstorm had occurred prior to the incident, along with strong gusts of wind. Subsequently, the large sign at the petrol station had toppled and fallen onto the coffee shop, causing the employees and customers to flee. The investigation will proceed with a more detailed examination of the scene in order to determine the true cause of the incident.


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