Traffic sinks into chaos as sinkhole swallows up Chaeng Watthana Road, Nonthaburi

Heavy rainfall yesterday led to the sudden emergence of a 1.5-meter deep sinkhole on Chaeng Watthana Road in Nonthaburi, inflicting extreme traffic disruption that prolonged up to the Lak Si monument. Special had to be redirected with the partial closure of two lanes as a security measure at midday at present.
Chaeng Watthana Road, directly affected by the sinkhole, notably its outbound aspect, was coping with a heavy move of site visitors in the course of the Pak Kret intersection. The appreciable hole stretched to just about 2 meters wide, and 4 meters long, abruptly appearing in the second lane from the roadside, transforming it into a cavern of serious magnitude. Only two out there lanes remained for the influx of autos that usually traversed the path, leading to extended visitors congestion.
Speaking on the state of affairs, Police Lieutenant Colonel Noppadol Panyakrakrong, Deputy Inspector of Pak Kret Police Station, stated that heavy rainfall yesterday in the Pak Kret space led to flooding and consequential drain overflow. The rainwater operated as a catalyst, sweeping away sand from under the asphalt and into the drain, subsequently inducing the formation of a subterranean void beneath the highway, resulting in its eventual collapse, reported KhaoSod.
Upon receiving the report at around 10am today, officers have been diligently coordinating quick reparations on the crater. Lt. Col. Noppadol said…
“After the cement work to patch the opening is completed, we estimate that we shall be ready to restart normal site visitors preparations around 2pm to 3pm.”
The closure of two lanes has triggered visitors gridlock extending from Chaeng Watthana Road to Lak Si Monument. Exclusive are requested to avoid Chaeng Watthana Road throughout these hours.
Additionally, Santirat Suwannapim, an engineer from the Pink Line electric practice project working beneath Chino – Thai Co., Ltd., stated the difficulty stemmed from an underground pipe-pulling operation which let loose the sand along with the water.
The street floor at that exact spot had been constructed properly over four to 5 months in the past but the current severe rainfall led to the creation of a significant cavity. Santirat said…

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