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Sarawut Songsivilai Tackles Unforeseen Highway Danger: A Closer Look at Rama II Road’s Scaffolding Collapse

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Imagine cruising along Rama II Road on a lazy Sunday afternoon in Samut Sakhon province, the sun playing peek-a-boo with the clouds, when suddenly the unexpected happens—a gigantic section of steel scaffolding decides to take a nosedive onto the highway. Yes, you read that right. An entire section of the construction skeleton that was supposed to stand tall and strong decided it had enough and came crashing down, creating a scene straight out of a blockbuster movie (minus the dramatic background score, of course).

In response to this heart-stopping incident, Sarawut Songsivilai, the director-general of the Department of Highways, sprang into action faster than a superhero. He didn’t just call for an investigation faster than you can say “Oops” but also demanded a rigorous check-up of all steel scaffolding along the elevated Motorway 82 (M82) project. For those unfamiliar, this mammoth undertaking stretches like a steel serpent for 81 kilometres above the Rama II Road, weaving its way from bustling Bangkok through Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram, all the way to Ratchaburi province.

Now, let’s zero in on the scene of the scaffolding’s swan dive. It was no minor tumble; we’re talking about a 14-metre high dance of steel and gravity, right on the Bangkok-bound side at the 27.5 kilometre marker on Rama II Highway. And guess what? It happened at the magical hour of 3:17 pm on a Sunday. Talk about timing! Luckily, by some stroke of divine luck, not a single soul was injured in this unexpected performance.

The traffic, which had taken an involuntary pause, breathed a sigh of relief as by 3:45 pm, the debris was cleared, and life on Rama II Road was back to its bustling self, as if the scaffolding had simply performed a disappearing act.

Sarawut, our highway hero, has vowed not to rest until the investigation is wrapped up with a bow. Meanwhile, in an interesting twist, construction along this notorious highway had taken a brief hiatus during the Songkran Thai New Year festival, a break that now seems like a serendipitous escape from potential chaos.

With a history sprinkled with more dramatic drops than a roller coaster—ranging from U-turn bridge beams making an impromptu exit stage left in July 2022, to a lethal ballet of falling concrete slabs and crane baskets in the preceding months—Rama II Road has had its fair share of heart-stopping moments. Motorists, while weaving their tales through this main artery to the South, have had more than just traffic jams to worry about.

In a narrative twist that adds a dash of governmental concern, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin had previously waved the flag, urging contractors to keep their eyes on the ball and ensure safety wasn’t just a footnote in the grand scheme of constructing the elevated motorway. It’s like the universe is penning its own thriller, with Rama II Road as the stage for a series of nail-biting adventures.

So, next time you find yourself meandering along this stretch of roadway, spare a thought for the saga of Rama II Road; a tale of gravity, steel, and the indomitable spirit of the Thai highway department, relentlessly striving to ensure a safer journey for every traveller. Buckle up, dear readers, for the roads, just like stories, are filled with the unexpected.


  1. Techie_Gal April 15, 2024

    Isn’t it just basic engineering 101 to ensure scaffolding can withstand local conditions? It’s shocking that such a potential disaster was averted by pure luck.

    • SafetyFirst April 15, 2024

      Absolutely! This is a clear sign of negligence. The company in charge of the construction should be held accountable. It’s not just about fixing what fell but ensuring it never happens again.

      • OptimistPrime April 15, 2024

        I believe it’s also an opportunity to learn and improve. Let’s use this to bolster our safety standards, not just point fingers.

    • Under_the_Sun April 15, 2024

      Luck indeed. What if this happened during peak hours? The consequences could’ve been catastrophic.

    • Techie_Gal April 15, 2024

      Right, both of you have valid points. Accountability is key, but so is taking constructive steps towards improvement.

  2. Bangkok_Boy April 15, 2024

    While the incident is regrettable, I appreciate the swift action by Sarawut Songsivilai. Shows dedication towards public safety.

    • Skeptic101 April 15, 2024

      Swift action? Isn’t this closing the barn door after the horses have bolted? This ‘swift action’ could’ve happened before the accident.

    • Bangkok_Boy April 15, 2024

      A fair critique. But, better late than never when it comes to safety improvements. Let’s hope it’s not just for show.

  3. HistoryBuff April 15, 2024

    This whole saga casts a new light on the importance of holiday breaks like Songkran. Seems like divine intervention, doesn’t it?

    • RealistRay April 15, 2024

      Divine intervention or not, it highlights a major flaw in our construction practices. This incident was avoidable with proper checks and balances.

  4. EcoWarrior22 April 15, 2024

    Beyond the immediate danger, what about the environmental impact of such collapses? The debris, the potential pollutants…it’s a nightmare scenario for eco-systems around highways.

    • GreenThumbJeff April 15, 2024

      Exactly my thoughts! Infrastructure development should go hand in hand with environmental protection. It’s high time contractors and the government take this seriously.

  5. Political_Pundit April 15, 2024

    It’s refreshing to see the Prime Minister taking a stand on construction safety. Perhaps it’s time for a comprehensive review of all infrastructure projects.

    • CynicalSam April 15, 2024

      Let’s not hold our breath for governmental reviews. Actions speak louder than words. I’ll believe it when I see concrete (pun intended) improvements.

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