Smoke, roadwork reduce traffic to crawl in Najomtien

Friday, 15 August 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By  Patcharapol Panrak

A road crew that apparently cared only about its own needs brought traffic to a standstill on Sukhumvit Road in Najomtien by stopping a backhoe in one lane and burning grass to create blinding smoke.

The rogue crew, assigned by Najomtien sub-district, was clearing out roadside vegetation on Sukhumvit near the Yansangwararam Worawihan Temple intersection Aug. 8. Workers parked their backhoe in the right lane, not bothering to put traffic cones or signs behind it.

The crew burns cut grass and vegetation in a roadside ditch, causing poor visibility and creating some near misses.The crew burns cut grass and vegetation in a roadside ditch, causing poor visibility and creating some near misses.

The crew compounded problems by then burning the cut grass and vegetation in a roadside ditch. The resulting thick smoke forced drivers to slow down, with many nearly plowing into the backhoe as it suddenly appeared out of the smoke.

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