On October 2nd, 2023, Pol. Capt. Thongkham Phoyai, Sub-Inspector of Investigation, Ban Mo Police Station, Saraburi Province, received a report that thirteen 14-meter tall concrete poles with high voltage wires fell down during installation at the Ban Krua Subdistrict, Ban Mo District, Saraburi Province. A rescue squad was urgently dispatched to aid the injured and send them to nearby hospitals.
On the accident scene, 13 recently installed electric poles more than 14 meters high suddenly collapsed during their installation leading to 12 injuries and 2 deaths. The rescue team performed first aid and transferred the wounded to nearby Tha Ruea Hospital and Ban Mo Hospital.
Unfortunately, the incident resulted in 2 deaths later identified as Mr. Katin Sivilaisak, 27-years-old from Laos, and Mr. Xem Kavanh, 26-years-old, also from Laos.
An interview with unidentified witnesses revealed that the workers were leveling electric wires during installation processes. Suddenly, the newly installed poles collapsed like dominoes, a total of 13 concrete poles. The workers were hired from the Provincial Electricity Authority, Tha Ruea District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province.
Mr. Samreng Phumma, Provincial Electricity Authority Manager, stated that a further investigation will be thoroughly conducted to find the true cause of the accident.