Beach Road water tunnel collapses, 2 hurt

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Two people were hurt when a “water tunnel” constructed for Pattaya’s Songkran finale collapsed.

Medics and police arrived on Beach Road April 18 to find eight-meter-long metal posts lying on the ground. They were part of a spraying system built for the April 19 “wan lai” water-throwing party.

Two people were hurt when a “water tunnel” constructed for Pattaya’s Songkran finale collapsed.
Two people were hurt when a “water tunnel” constructed for Pattaya’s Songkran finale collapsed.

The idea was that the posts would form the supports for a tunnel that would cool down both pedestrians and people in vehicles.

During construction, however, the posts fell into one vehicle and injured two workers. They were treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital.

Workers said they had built the tunnel for wan lai near Central Festival Pattaya Beach, then suddenly were ordered to remove it after the water was connected to make room for a stage set up by the mall.

The plan was to move the tunnel closer to the Soi 9 police station. But the workers were hasty in disassembling the superstructure and the entire thing collapsed.

The tunnel project then was canceled permanently.