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Bangkok motorway under construction collapses, at least one dead

BANGKOK (AFP) – At least one person has died after a huge construction girder over a busy road collapsed in Bangkok, police said on Monday, with videos of the terrifying incident rapidly shared online.

The massive metal girder on the Lat Krabang Tollway construction project to the east of the city crumpled to the ground late on Monday afternoon, catching pedestrians and drivers unaware.

The construction is part of a project to build elevated highways in an attempt to ease the city’s notoriously congested traffic.

In a video shared by the country’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, the enormous metal platform – connected to unfinished parts of the highway – wobbles and then plummets to the earth.

At least one person had died with as many as eight injured, police said.

“We do not know yet what caused the accident,” Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt told reporters late Monday at the scene.

“We do not have any info about missing people yet,” he said, adding that four of those injured were in serious condition.

Chadchart said rescuers would wait for engineers to analyse the collapse before starting operations.

“We prioritise safety first. We will start searching carefully,” he said.

A clip shared online by a rescue worker shows the aftermath of the collapse, with sirens blaring as shocked residents and bystanders survey the damage.

The wrecked girder – and much of the under-construction highway it also brought down – can be seen blocking the street.

Rescue workers swarmed over the debris, with crushed vans and cars just visible. As night fell, rescuers could still be seen among the rubble.

A rescue worker inspects the scene after a construction girder collapsed on a road in Bangkok. Photo: AFP