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Police summon bridge opening controller for questioning on June 5

Bang Kholaem police today issued a summons for a state employee of the Department of Rural Roads to turn himself in to police for questioning after a taxi driver was seriously injured when his car rammed into a barrier on the Krungthep bridge on Tuesday.

The employee, Amphan Choikul, was in charge of opening the bridge to allow passage of naval ship.

In the summons, he was ordered to appear on June 5 at Bang Kholaem police station.

Failure to show up at the station, arrest warrant will be issued, said Bang Kholaem police superintendent Pol Col Anek Phaisri.

He said that if the investigation and examination at the bridge showed it was not a traffic accident, then the controller of the bridge opening will face recklessness charge for causing serious injury to other.

He said so far the police have substantial evidence which included video footages at the scene and witnesses.

However the police also wanted to hear his own accounts on the incident.

Engineers and the police will inspect the scene today to look into possibility that wind could be another factor that caused the pin lock of the barrier to loosen forcing the barrier to swing as at time of the incident there was rainstorm.

The unaware taxi then rammed at the metal barrier, seriously injured him.

Transport minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith meanwhile said that he has ordered authorities to take care of the driver both in compensation and medical bills.

The taxi driver Promma Khankwa, 67, is still at Charoenkrung Prachasamphan hospital's intensive care unit. He lost his left eye, and suffered fractured skull.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)